…you me and the internet” said my husband laughing as he caught me in bed with my netbook.
(I was actually also watching celebrity Big Brother and texting my daughter at the same time …. so what he didn’t know is that it was an orgy of things he hates me doing!)
He is right, I spend far too much time on the internet, and I am sure you know what it is like. You think to yourself,I will just look what, facebook/tripadvisor/Fred/Mary Kay/Sylvia/Ella/ etc, is saying, or even more importantly reply to my replies… and the next thing half the day has gone.
Still, this came from a man who spends most of the day watching The Racing channel.
One of our grandsons asked as they visited over Christmas. .” why is Garndpa always watching the horses?”….. out of the mouths of babes I say. Of course he denies this. ( “I only watch racing in the afternoon when you are at work”) just as he denies his attachment to the clicker, ( remote control) probably like every other man I have come across.
I think TV adverts are wasted on men I, because if they are anything like mine, they spend the whole of the commercial break flicking from one channel to another, stopping just long enough for you to get interested, before continuing to surf the networks.
The most irritating thing is, if he goes to make a brew, or the toilet or answer the phone, and inevitably have a lengthy conversation, he takes the darned thing with him. So as I eagerly pounce to turn the TV over from said Racing Channel I to something I am interested in, I CAN’T FIND THE REMOTE!
I wonder if they deliberately made TV remote controls phallus shaped ( lets face it they are!) so that men would take ownership of them? I wonder if they were round or curved, like a baby, things would be different.
Anyway I digress, back to t’internet. What is it that makes social media so addictive? I think social media can provide a very good social contact for people who are housebound or isolated for some reason and it is a very good way of keeping in touch with those you do not see every day, but God forbid I would become one of those persons for whom my internet life becomes more important than reality.
We have all asked ourselves about certain people who seem to spend a lot of time answering questions on Tripadvisor or similar ( you know you have!) and those people for whom these kind of websites seem to become their daily entertainment.
They deliberately seem to be grumpy or critical often launching into innocent newcomers who have no idea what they are letting themselves in for with their perfectly reasonable query of what do people think of their apartment and then get a long argument as to whether their seven year old should be able to climb five flights of stairs!
I often wonder if these opinionated guardians of other peoples lives are really mild mannered sycophants who let their alter egos let rip on line, in a way they could never do in real life.
……and then I get bloggers block and realise I have absolutely no idea how I am going to finish this blogpost or where it is going.
So I leave it a couple of days and then find myself tossing and turning,, unable to sleep.
This blog s taking over my life. Am I becoming one of those people ?. Why am I striving to meet a self imposed deadline of blogging every other day?
What did I do before I discovered tripadvisor. That was where it started. I became obsessed with keeping up with each query, each post. Then from that I went to ourparis forum, which eventially I got bored with, and yes I met some nice people and made good friends then progressed facebook and finally this blog.
I backed away from tripadvisor when I started to become too emotionally involved with a situation where one of my acquaintances was being targeted by some unknown person. My anger at this unknown person was just out of proportion, it was not even me who was the victim.
So I am gong to give it a rest for a couple of days. Take off the self imposed pressure. Wake up and smell the coffee, or whatever. Go out and get a life.
This blog is meant to be therapeutic not stressful!
I have had nearly 2700 hits since I changed to the wordpress blog on 23rd November, not to mention the 51225 people who have viewed the previous blog in the last ten months. Who are all these people? Why do they not comment? It is a bit strange to think I am sharing my life with so many.
Thanks for all your support to the regular people who read my musings. I really appreciate you coming along. and I really look forward to your comments…….and I will be back.
So I have decided, just this minute, I am going to take a blog/internet holiday. Phew! ….there, that feels so much better! Maybe I can sleep now.
I am going to Paris next week, maybe I will see you there.