Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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||Addicted to the Computer....
Addicted to the Computer
to the computer? Who? Me? I'll admit that I've been reading email
when I should be mopping the floor, browsing online auctions when
I should be doing laundry, surfing websites when I should be
fixing dinner, but that doesn't mean that I'm an addict.
Computer addict? I looked at myself in the mirror. I don't look
like an addict. I look pretty much like any normal person, I
think. Maybe a bit more pale from lack of sunlight. But I'm not
spending that many late night hours in the flashing blue light of
the computer's monitor.
Addict? Not me! I'm actually getting things done these days that I
never had time to do before. I have blisters from doing yard work
instead of carpel tunnel from too much time at the keyboard. I
finally got around to trimming that grass along the driveway last
My carpel tunnel hardly bothers me at all these days.
How could I be addicted to the computer? I'm doing mending instead
of hiding clothes in the back of the closet. I'm using the sewing
machine instead of the computing machine. Instead of grabbing the
first thing I can find in the closet to wear in the morning
because I stayed up too late on the computer, I plan ahead - at
least part of the time.
I don't have time to be addicted! I've just painted a room,
something I haven't done in years. I even went to the hardware
store and picked out the paint from real samples instead of
looking it up on the Internet. The pictures on the monitor may not
show the true color. Besides, I hadn't really noticed how awful
the paint looked before. It had nothing to do with how much time I
spend staring into the computer screen.
I'm not a computer addict. I go shopping at real stores instead of
ordering on the Internet. I like to try on clothes and see if they
fit. Looking for bargains at thrift stores is much more fun than
using a search engine to find them. Can I help it if we don't
really need stores too much anymore as everything is available
online anyhow, and you don't have to look for a parking place?
How could I be addicted to the computer? I don't feel guilty when
I take a nap instead of replying to email. It's true that I spend
a lot of time apologizing to my online friends for not answering
email sooner. But, a little power nap helps a lot and I can think
of much better excuses for being late than I could before.
I couldn't be addicted to the computer. I spend too much time
watching television. With some of the programs that are on now,
I'm not sure that is such a good thing. But at least I can relax
while watching the boob tube, and I don't have to think too much.
The programs are already planned and I don't have to update them,
interact with them, or reply to them. It almost seems too easy. No
challenge like there is with a computer.
I may stay on the computer more than I have to at times but that
doesn't mean I am addicted. It is just that there is sometimes
nothing else interesting to do except use the computer.
Me? Addicted to the computer? I'm getting ready to get off the
computer right now -- just as soon as I finish this column, and
check my email, and update my website, and order a book, and check
the latest news and weather, and look up a recipe, and check my
auction bids, and download my pictures, and look up a phone number
and print out some directions.
I'm not addicted. I only do the things online that are totally and
Copyright 2007 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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