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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Are You Addicted to the Internet?

I'll admit that in my home, overuse of electronic media is just as much of a problem for me as it is for my children.

Since I've been talking about television, and trying to reduce the role it plays in our lives, I wanted to share this article about internet addiction that I found at Why Homeschool:

Why moms are at risk for Internet addiction

Do you use the web as a means of stress-relief? Would you find it hard to stay away from the computer for a few days? Have you ever tried to downplay your amount of computer use to your loved ones?

If any of the above is a problem for you, consider the author's suggestion:
Try keeping a journal of how often you go online for a week. Then assess what you're missing out on when you do it -- sleep, family time, work?

Also note in your journal what was going on each time you decided to sit down at the computer. Was it right after a fight with your husband? Were you bored? By figuring out the triggers that send you seeking refuge online, Moore says, you can come up with alternative activities that help you deal.
I won't say my internet usage has crossed the line and become an addiction, but I know message boards, blogs and social networking have replaced activities that are more important to me.

When my children grow up and leave home, I want them to remember a mom who chats with them - not her online buddies, and I am taking steps to make that a reality.

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DairyQueen said...

I just found your blog as I'm searching for mini-office stuff.

This post sort of gets me where it hurts! I have been writing out a schedule for our upcoming year, and I've been amazed at how much it seems I'll be able to get done, when it feels like now I don't have enough hours in my day. I figured out it's because I'm scheduling computer time rather than just popping on and off all day (and then getting sucked in!).

The internet is a wonderful tool, and I don't know what I'd do without it, but I think I need to set some boundaries :)

Lynn said...

I completely agree that the Internet can be addicting. Like DairyQueen I have set some limits on my internet use and try SUPER hard to stick to them. I only post on my blog once a week and I try only to check my email in the morning when I wake up and then just before I go to bed. It really has an electronic pull on me sometimes - it's creepy! :o)

My best, Lynn
*congrats on your soon-to-be newest addition! Your poor daughter...all brothers... ;o)