Time to face my menacing obsession with computers.
For the past year, I have been acutely aware of the time I spend on my laptop. Though somewhat computer challenged, I like the doors it consistently throws open in my world.
Months ago, I decided to get honest and watch the number of hours I sit at my laptop. When I saw the results, I turned my focus more to lunch dates, hiking, gardening, trips with family, volunteering and going back to old-fashioned telephone chats.
Instead of blog posts, piety oozed from my fingertips. I wallowed in redemptive knowledge that I do not own a smart phone, an IPad or a brand new Microsoft Surface. My only sin was the laptop.
I chose to ignore the IPod Touch that sits on its platform beside my bed. Sometimes at midnight, I confess to sending a forgotten email. It traveled to South Africa with me in 2009. By the time I knew how to operate it, I was home. I rarely put it in my purse today.
In the midst of manageable withdrawal symptoms, I decided to visit with various friends in Western Canada. Then my cat became very ill and needed to be brought back to health. We’re nearly there, but he’ll need a pill twice a day for the rest of his life. Cat sitters aren’t excited about administering meds.
My travel plans became defunct.
The laptop lured once more. The lack of computer toys has not reduced my detrimental habit of sitting endlessly at a computer. Since I’m diving into honesty and since righteousness is poor camouflage, I admit I am immersed in my love affair with my laptop once more. When I’m not blogging, I’m researching, paying bills, working with photographs, checking the social networking sites, listening to dynamite radio programs or cursing over computer maintenance. I am appalled that I merely squeeze in writing.
This dependency on an electronic device has become both a concern and an avenue of pleasure. I spend more time reading and responding to blogs, than I do writing – which was THE purpose for starting Soul Dipper. However, how can that be detrimental? The resultant network of bloggers is full of friends, teachers, and mentors – a variety of souls from countries all over the world who have enriched my life. Immensely. Am I justifying? Am I in denial?
Some time ago, I discovered a new friend, Poch Peralta, whose blog is Plato-On-Line. Poch blogs professionally and often links articles showcasing key subjects of interest – including ones relating, directly and indirectly, to life around computers. Thanks, Poch, for placing the Philippines’ flag on my little world map.
Besides kindly sharing his blog’s software winnings with me one time, he shares IT insights, evaluations of new software and hardware products and links to various helpful articles – especially about computerization.
However. One of his recent contributions has shaken my world. His headliner was “Computer and Sitting a Deadly Combination”. Here’s the visual that accompanies it:
You decide if you want to read the article.
I had to take action.
A walking buddy and I are lined up for regular jaunts – starting next week.
It may be meager, but it’s a beginning.
How’s your time on the computer?