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(Image Source) Last month, my mom was admitted to the hospital for a list of reasons: kidney stones, a urinary tract infection, dehydration, anemia, and the flu. When my brother Joe call...
On the ride down the Turnpike to my neurologist's office last week, K, who was driving, suddenly turned to me and grabbed my iPhone out my hand. I looked up surprised and asked, "What are you doing?" He looked at me, slightly irritated and asked, "What are *you* doing?" I knew immediately what he meant. After Hurricane Sandy and then an early season Nor'Easter snowstorm, I had spent the majority of that week and the one prior cooped up in our apartment. I had so badly wanted to get out, and now that I was, I was busy reading various blogs as if I had never left.
I realize I have a problem. I find myself doing a check-in on Facebook as I'm taking my seat in a pew at church on Sundays. While reading a good article online, I immediately tweet it's link. I "watch" TV while scanning various websites or checking my email. I pin and like and "+1" with abandon. Heck, I'm composing this post on my iPad Blogger app while a documentary is playing barely watched.
I've noticed what my e-addiction is doing to me. While conversing with some friends, I've had to bite my tongue to not cut them off, speed them along or change the subject. Even still, I admit I've still done it. Silence is discomforting (despite just a few months ago, my desperate search for it). Pandora is a useful cover, as is my latest musical obsession, the soundtrack for the first season of "Treme". Worse, I feel like I'm wasting time somehow if I'm not linked to the web.
But perhaps it's not an all out *addiction* yet:
Yes, I'm pretty sure I'm not actually addicted.
The season of Advent is upon us, but I'm already thinking of Lent. I guess I know what I'm giving up.