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Slight Addiction? November 25, 2008

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 6:40 am

I thought maybe I had a disorder. Maybe an addiction. Am I normal? Is this right? Hmm.

So I tried something.

I unplugged for 3 days. Those of you who visit my site regularly know that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did not blog, check blogs, Facebook, or e-mail. For three whole days.

I survived! Not only did I survive, but I also found out something that took me quite by surprise (not really, but I need some drama in here somewhere for the fun of it). I am not addicted or suffering from some ego disorder. I am normal. Everything is just fine. Howdy Doody!! Hip Hip Hooray!!

I was concerned that I was spending too much time online. Turns out the only time I come on the computer is when there is a lull in activity — kids are sleeping, eating, watching a movie, playing w/no interest in me, etc. Well during my 3 days of being unplugged I found myself pacing the floor trying to find something to do during those down times. I would tinker a bit here or there, but, really, sometimes I’d just stare off in space trying to entertain myself. LOL! I’m serious.

What a relief.

My house is no cleaner than normal, my laundry pile is no smaller than normal, my kids are no happier than normal, and my life is pretty much the same and was for those 3 days as it is always. Normal. Just normal.

So I don’t have an addiction. Nope. Not even a slight one. Yay!

Know what else I found out. Ok so I already knew this, but more drama to make it interesting.

I wasn’t really missed. Nah. The blogs went on. Nobody cried. Nobody lost sleep.

I won’t be able to catch up on everyone’s blogs. I read too many to try that. Then I would be on the computer neglecting my responsibilities. But I’ll pick up where I left off.

It’s good to be back. It’s even better to know for sure that spending time online isn’t a priority for me. It really is what it started out as so many, many years ago — a way to connect with people I would otherwise never have met and a source of entertainment for those moments when I am on the verge of boredom.

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6 Responses to “Slight Addiction?”

  1. You are wrong about one part–you were missed! I missed reading your insights, and also seeing your comments on my blog. That’s the part I miss when I unplug. The community. The friendships. As weird as it sounds, after a while, you just think you know the people you are reading. While I know that’s not totally true, I do enjoy the online friendships, communications, and discussions.

    When I unplugged several weeks ago, those were things I missed most. And, I’m not quite as convinced as you, I think I may be addicted…It’s healthy, of course…well, that’s my story!

  2. What Steve said? Ditto. In all seriousness, I do miss the chatter (candid), walking in water, finding out what is between someone’s ears, etc. I have had to prioritize my time on the computer to doing it less but that is okay. You were missed Heidi. Okay…now go do that laundry. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lorna Says:

    Well, I missed you! And I think you started a little unplugged revolution. It was weird that after your post a lot of the friends in my blogging circle also took a day or so of “no tech time”. I often get the sense that I’m addicted. But I am an addict (who has been clean for over 2o years) and it is in my nature to easily get addicted to almost anything. I haven’t been brave enough to unplug yet. I’ve cut down a little, but not totally unplugged. When we went on vacation in July, I didn’t bring my laptop and was looking forward to a whole week of cleanse, but low and behold the resort had FREE internet and there I was checking my myspace and blog daily…..maybe even twice a day. Oh well, I am a work in progress. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. candidchatter Says:

    Awww — you guys (and gal) are so sweet. I would def miss the community if I unplugged for good. The internet has been a part of my life for 10+ years now. It’s how I met my sexy husband. Serious. I’ll never give it up entirely. What was concerning me was the “popularity” issue of a blog. I had so many record days last week and it was causing me to check my stats counter over and over. But it’s all good now. Funny thing is — even though I was unplugged my blog was on rocket fire this weekend. Just when I think it is done growing it kicks into high gear. It’s fun. Truly — that’s what it is most of the time — fun.

    I am happy to have met you all. I love reading other blogs. It’s my “adult conversation” when I’m surrounded by ankle biters day in and day out. It fills that void that a lot of stay-at-home moms come up against when all it seems we do is eat, drink, and sleep children. When we get to feeling like it’s us against them. When we start to get lonely for “the good ol’ days” before our kids were born. When we start to need friendship and understanding. It’s an outlet.

    Anyway — It makes me happy and if I’m happy everyone is happy. You know how the saying goes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    XOXOXO to all my readers — whether you just lurk or you actually comment — Hugs and Smiles to each!!

    Heidi

  5. Whew.

    Glad you’re still with us.

    If you want we could start and online blogger support group for online blogger addicts… just sayin’. Oh wait, then we’d be online. Hmmm…

    Let’s just stay with the all’s ok model!

    He, he,
    R

  6. Tony York Says:

    Weekends are slow periods for me on blogland because of all the responsibilities that we have as family and church. It actually is good to be away some times.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this coming week.

    God Bless.


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