Addiction to the Internet

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I experienced a few hours of pure panic recently and I really thought I was going to die. Ok, not really, but I did get all scared. My heart began to beat faster, my face became flushed, my stomach dropped. Why?

My Internet was NOT WORKING!

How sad is that? For someone who is on the computer for 5 hours a day at work Monday through Thursday you’d think the last thing I’d want to do when I get home is get on my personal computer, but that’s what I do. It relaxes me. I love getting on Bloglovin’ where I can look at new posts from my favorite blogs all in one place. (Click on the button to the right of the screen to follow me!) I love checking out the latest news on Twitter. Twitter has now become one of the top places I get my daily news fix from.

However, today was different. Today I came home to discover that, although we had a wireless connection, our server wasn’t loading properly which prevented me from signing on. It’s amazing how much I rely on the computer to entertain me. Same with my cell phone. I literally have my cell phone next to me all the time. I get anxious and twitchy without it near me.

I guess you could say I have an addiction to technology, but I know I’m not the only one. In fact, more than 40% of Americans admitted to feeling lonely without the Internet, and 53% felt upset at being deprived of it, according to a survey by the technology firm TeleNav. I’d obviously be included in the 53%.

Many of you may think that I’m a loner who sits behind her computer all day chatting with strangers in forums. But, I’m not. I swear. I just like to surf the Internet finding cool new blogs to follow or sites to browse. It’s all fun to me.

Does anyone else start to panic when they don’t have access to technology?

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