I won’t lie. The Internet changed my life….no, the Internet SAVED my life. I met my husband online back before it was such a thing. Before there were all these cases of catfishing and long, long before plenty of fish and e harmony was even thought about. Back then, if you wanted to meet people you gathered in a chat room and became an expert at speed reading while the conversations of multiple people scrolled across your screen.
If it wasn’t for social media I wouldn’t be in the place where I am today. There would have been no way our paths would have crossed otherwise. So in this sense I am thankful for that. However, there is such a thing as too much social media. Too much looking at a computer screen instead of looking into the eyes of your soulmate. Too much reading online articles instead of spending quality time with your soulmate, too much gaming (yes. There IS such a thing as too much gaming!), too much online shopping, too much internet!
I’m as guilty as the next person. I loves me my Facebook, my Influenster, my YouTube and my gaming. A few years ago I would spend so much time on my computer that going to work and getting directly on the Internet was my daily routine. If my ICQ chat wasn’t on I would twitch from lack of talking to anybody. I gamed and would do so for days at a time. Heck, I would message my husband while he was sitting across from me in the same room!! Nowadays everyone has some sort of device on them which has access to anything they need with just the click of a button. If you go out in public and sit in a restaurant and look around you see people on their social devices instead of talking to the people they are sitting with. If there is a tragedy such as a house on fire, car accident, etc everyone around will most likely be grabbing videos or pictures to share on social media. It’s like, telling an old fashioned story isnt enough anymore. Check out my Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook for the details.
After a while though, I’ve grown bored with so much computer taking over my life. I now look to the weekends as an opportunity to venture out and explore something new, or work on and or finish a home project that’s been on my mind. I want to live while I can, since life is so fragile. I want to do as much as I can while I can.
Unfortunately as it stands now I’m alone in my household with feeling this way. The same old routine still appeals to my husband and so we clash often on what to do in our spare time that we do manage to have together. I never wanted to be that kind of wife that complains about how her husband never listens to her, but either I have grown more chatty in my old age or it seems that I do carry on one sided conversations more than not lately. It’s not worth arguing over when we do get one on one time together, so I’ve reluctantly given more space. In experiencing this I know I’m not alone. I have heard countless stories of relatively the same thing, some stories worse Hopefully someday soon there will be a happy medium between internet usage and family time. In the meantime I’ve been planning some sanity trips to visit friends and family. Solo. I think some much overdue social time will help decompress some of this frustration.