cc from Siddartha Thota
Taken on January 3, 2013
I do feel stress by being online most of the day. I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , mail and blog almost every day. I have education with Information Technology and I enjoy using it in different ways. But sometimes I feel that my social networks have control over my doings during my day. I often feel that I have to check out Facebook immediately after eating my dinner. In the weekends I “need” to check it out after breakfast. I feel that I miss out something if I don’t do it, but I seldom missed out something important by waiting. I still feel for checking every day and that is a feeling I don’t like. Another way the to turn on even more stress in life , is to use your smartphone for being online. You can get notified about movements your ”friends” do all the time. If your friends are as active as yourself ,you probably never get time off during a day . The youngsters in my house are using the Internet a lot more than I . In the beginning I laughed over their dependency. Now I`m sometimes rather frustrated. They are online most of the day, and sometimes they are online when they are using the toilet, makes dinner, eats dinner and in the break on TV. Watch them doing this is frustrating me. They don`t see or talk to other people who are physical around them and they often miss information we are giving to them. Grownups also use their mobile phones a lot when they are waiting for something. For example in the waiting room for the dentist or doctor, sitting in the car waiting for someone, on ferries, busses and other places we used to sit down and look at other people passing through, we meditated over things in life or read a magazine or a newspaper. The most of the population in the rich part of the world don’t do this anymore. We are sitting next to each other staring at our phone. Even at restaurants and cafes people are using their phone lot of the time. I find this rather rude and always ask my children to put it away when we are doing social things together. Rude because you don’t give attention to the persons sitting next to you ,and who might enjoy being with you. I think we all should be more offline and rather organize the online time to a few times during the day. Availability is often great but not 24/7.