It's Saturday morning, 11:15 a.m., and I'm online at the library. Assuming there's not a mad rush of students descending on the library to do homework projects (passing up a brilliant blue sky and 60-ish (F) temperatures), I should have this computer to myself for almost 5.5 hours. So, let's see how much I can get done.
First, something amusing (the serious stuff will come in later posts).
From Thursday's New York Times:
Danger Signs for Too Much of a Good Thing
Fifteen signs of an addiction to using the Internet and computers, according to Internet/Computer Addiction Services in Redomnd, Wash., [hee -- Redmond] follow:
- Inability to predict the amount of time spent on computer.
- Failed attempts to control personal use for an extended period of time.
- Having a sense of euphoria while on the computer.
- Craving more computer time.
- Neglecting family and friends.
- Feeling restless, irritable and discontent when not on the computer.
- Lying to employers and family about computer activity.
- Problems with school or job performance as a result of time spent on the computer.
- Feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety or depression as a result of time spent on the computer.
- Changes in sleep patterns.
- Health problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain, weight changes, backaches and chronic sleep deprivation.
- Denying, rationalizing and minimizing adverse consequences stemming from computer use.
- Withdrawal from real-life hobbies and social interactions.
- Obsessing about sexual acting out through the use of the Internet.
- Creation of enhanced personae to find cyberlove or cybersex.
Anyone see youself here? Be honest now. I'll admit to four or five of them myself. (Hmmm ... maybe the fact that I don't have a home PC or laptop (yet) and 24 / 7 access to the internet is a good thing after all.)