According to a recent CNNHealth.com article called Why Moms Are At Risk for Internet Addiction, you may be at risk if your internet usage includes the following:
-Being online while your family sleeps
-Reading the news online
-Using the internet to foster your real life friendships
-Reading blogs or writing your own blog
Are you addicted too? I know I am guilty of all of the above and more.
In the article author Rachel Mosteller says that moms like me are “contributing to a growing global addiction.” She states that psychiatrists are moving to recognize the internet as an addiction just like alcohol dependency which would make it an official mental disorder.
A mental disorder?!? I find that insulting. I’m online a lot both personally and professionally but I don’t think my use of the internet should be classified as a mental disorder. Why is a mom’s reliance on technology any different from that of a digital native?
I am more likely to sit down at the kitchen table and open my laptop to read the news online via The Washington Post or CNN’s homepage than turning the pages of the actual paper that is thrown on our front steps each morning. Rather than picking up the phone to arrange a playdate or to call a babysitter for a night out, I message on Facebook. I select greeting cards from sites like JacquieLawson.com rather than in the Hallmark aisle, purchase clothes for my kids from a bookmarked list of favorite online retailers, browse iTunes for favorite music, and commonly turn to Google for directions and to answer my questions. When Captain Computer was hospitalized in December, I relied on mobile Twitter and Facebook to update concerned friends and family through my iPhone in the absence of wifi. And there’s always the online bill paying and ability to fill my virtual grocery cart for Peapod deliveries. Is this so wrong?
Besides my personal use of the internet, I also rely on it professionally as an on online course instructor, freelance writer, and community manager for an online professional community of teachers. And my day job as a Technology Magnet Coordinator doesn’t exactly keep me away from the internet either. It is my job to work with students to create podcasts, update our school website, find appropriate websites to enhance classroom instruction, and I teach kids how to use the internet.
So obviously I’m hooked. But what do I do?
The CNN article suggests that I keep a journal of how often I am online for a week. Do you think I should create a Google doc so I can update it at home, work, and wherever else I have access to the internet? If so, I’ll be sure to write that in my journal too. *sarcasm*
But would I really want to have a detailed account of every single minute I’m online? I think not. I’d rather blog about it. Or Tweet. Or wax poetic on my Wall.
An abbreviated version of this post can be found at DC Metro Moms.
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