First off, let me just state for the record I believe that that makes her an Internetaholic, sending me links to a story about Internet addiction over a weekend on which both the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys were playing football games, and recognizing that she, also, lives and works in the great state of Texas and was hence too busy surfing the Internets to watch football like other normal Texans.
I'm just sayin'.
Second, my name's Todd and I'm an Internetaholic.
But I'm a pretty useless case. I've had an online addiction since 1988.
But Turbo, you protest, how could that be possible when the Internets didn't get commercialized until around 1993 (I can't remember the exact year...a sure sign of Internetaholicism)??
Well, way back in the early days of the online pioneers, little Susie and Jimmy, they had this thing called "CompuServe." Think of it as a very primitive sticks-and-stones kind of Internets.
For a mere $10/hour, one could get on the CompuServe CB radio (using a 1200 baud modem...you'll have to look "baud" up on Wikipedia if it means nothing to you, digital greenhorn).
I remember one particular time, in my room at the fraternity house, when I had the opportunity to "chat" with somebody from Sweden.
Mind you, at the time, never having been to Europe, I had no clue where Sweden was (this was way before Google Earth [or even Google, for that matter], when you still had to walk five miles through the snow to the library to even find out where Sweden was on the map at the library, which was this place....oh, never mind!)
But there I was, galloping bravely across the Internets frontier with my 1200 baud modem, chatting away with people whose country I couldn't even find on an atlas talking about who knows what at ten bucks an hour.
Now, admittedly, it was hard to get addicted at 1200 baud. The bits moved pretty slow and many of them got lost somewhere out there between me and Sweden. But if anybody was going to get addicted, it was me!
And, apparently I'm not the only one, considering my Texas football-less friend at HP.
So if you're wondering what brought this digital nostalgia on, my friend sent along this story from the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal Interactive -- the staff of which is also clearly addicted, posting stories over the weekend -- which indicated that more than one in 20 U.S. adults questioned in a national survey released this month admitted that their relationships have suffered from excessive use of the Internet.
Furthermore, an additional 12% said that they often stay online longer than they would like to, and 14% say it's hard to stay offline for more than a few days.
Click here to learn more about the study, which was conducted by researchers at Stanford University. Just be aware that by doing so, you could be admitting your own Internet addiction.
It's okay...just breathe deep....and.....click your mouse. It's okay, I understand. If you need to step away for a quick IM chat, it's perfectly understandable.
Meanwhile, let me just say that as a Web marketing person for a major multinational information technology provider, if I'm not online at least 8-10 hours a day, I'm not DOING my job.
Relationships? Are you kidding me? My relationship IS with my computer and my Internet connection.
Everything I do, from the moment I get up in the morning until the moment I go to sleep has to do with being online.
My email is IP-based.
All the e-learning I do through IBM's internal educational system is online.
I call my colleagues using IP-based telephony (Vonage).
I instant message over IP.
I use Google about a gazillion times a day to find information both inside and outside our firewall.
I use IBM internal Web-based applications to look up my colleagues' phone numbers, email addresses, areas of expertise, etc.
I use IP-based Lotus Notes to schedule meetings.
I make my travel reservations online.
I find dates via the Internet (although not dates from Sweden...uh, not yet, anyhow).
Etc etc etc ad nausuem ad infinitum. Need I go on?
I didn't think so.
And they think I might be addicted? Really!!!? Ya think?????!!!!
Yeah, I'm addicted. Bigtime. But at least I'm addict enough to admit it.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get on over to ESPN.com to get the lowdown on tonight's Monday Night Football Game...before I get back to work...here on the Internets.[Read More]