It used to be just a social thing. A hobby, nothing serious.
It had, at times, after a late night net binge session, affected my work, but I’d kept it under control.
I took a breath recently and looked around me….
I could see the damage my addiction had caused. My house, a complete mess, not exactly the domain of a proud stay at home mum. Like looking through the hungover eyes of a regretful drunk, I winced. I could see the dishes piled up, the piles of washing begging to be laundered, the toys lay in amongst piles of paper and bits of cracker biscuit.
My house had suffered, my family’s nutrition had suffered and my son was speaking Spanish thanks to too much Dora. – I recognised this is another trap; Believing that the television is educating your child can justify the further hours of letting it babysit while I check facebook.. again.
I’m also pretty sure that my husband grew a beard in silent protest of my inattention and my constant attachment to the netbook.
It was time to check in to Internet Rehab.
The first 24 hours were hard, thankfully computer problems on the second evening helped keep me away.
This morning I logged on for my agreed 15 minutes, and found facebook to be a bit overwhelming. Too many updates to catch up with in such a short time. I moved on to my email. Quickly replied to ones needing a reply and deleted some spam. Logged onto kidspot, replied to a couple of posts, checked that all was well with the world and LOGGED OFF. That is the most important lesson I’ve learnt in internet rehab.
Staying logged on, just in case, is dangerous…. it seems innocent enough, just leaving it on and checking it later…. that’s the intention. But it’s a gateway that leads to hours of social networking mania and the procrastination and then neglect of everything else you SHOULD be doing.
So the aim is, to NOT be online while my son is awake and with me (right now he is at occasional care). To spend more time being a mum and wife and less time being attached to my netbook.
Hubby may even quit his shaving strike and show his face again!
I can log on for 15 minutes in the morning and log off. I can log back on after 7pm but only for an hour or two at the most. I have better things to do….I need something to keep my hands busy and have a few craft projects on the go, so that will help.
It will also make for better blogs – because I will have something to say, because I may actually leave the house every now and then.
Stay tuned .. It should be interesting.
And if you see me on facebook “liking” random statuses and updating my status more than once a day – kick me out.
Are you addicted?
Or have you got it all under control still?
Are you recovering? Any tips?