They say the first step in curing an addiction is admitting to it. So here it goes. Okay! I am an Internet Addict. Or am I? You know how sometimes you have this bad habit that you clearly know about but keep doing? Then someone you love tells you it’s time to stop.
Last week my 19 year daughter said “Mom, you are on line too much. You need to learn to live in the moment.” It’s pretty bad when your 19 year old gives you a reality check. I’m supposed to be teaching her, not the other way around right? But I know when I’m wrong. According to my INTERNET research, (haha) …”an internet or computer addiction is the excessive use of the former or the latter.” Maybe I’m not a full fledged addict but I fear I could be heading down that road.
So I’ve decided to work on it. One of the worst things that ever happened to me was getting email access 24-7. How I long for the days that I didn’t see email until I signed on to my work computer for the day. That meant I had no access from the moment I got home at night until the minute I walked into my office the next morning. Now I find myself constantly checking in to answer immediately and people are expecting instant replies.
So as of this week when I’m with friends or family, I’m making a concerted effort to turn off the internet. No more iphone, iPad or laptop. I’m telling you this because I need to be checked. I told my youngest daughter when we all come home, we will be leaving our electronics by the front door. She looked at me and laughed saying, “We will never do that Mom. We don’t follow through.”
Oh yeah! It sounds like I am being tested. So now I am ready to face the challenge. If you email, call or text me, just know I probably won’t be getting back to you immediately because I’m trying out my new policy. I’m not completely giving it all up. I am just trying to pace myself and “live in the moment.”
I’m surprised this happened to me because I’m usually all about enjoying life to the fullest, stopping to smell the roses. I usually do this, it’s just that lately before I took a whiff of the rose I had to check my email and social media first. Today, I pledge to reverse that. Do you want to join me? It would really help me out. Then I won’t feel guilty when I don’t respond to you right away.
Am I the only one who is dealing with this? Have you tried to “unplug?” If so let me know what you did. I’m open
for any tips. #livinginthemoment