Here’s one thing about me that most people know because you will find my computer basically attached to my hands, I am addicted to the Internet. I remember growing up without the Internet and when I was I don’t know maybe 11 years old, my parents got AOL. I spent a lot of time on the computer, I found friends from the Internet. The Internet became everything to me. Lately, I have been following Raffi on Twitter (yes the singer) and he is a proponent for children to not be addicted to technology. I am started to see his point of view and I realize that it is a scary world we live in with the Internet. When I have children, I established long ago that they will NOT have a cell phone until they are 16 years old. There is absolutely no need for an 8 year old to have a cell phone. When they get this cell phone, they will be on a pay-as-you-go plan to teach them responsibility and they will be the ones buying these or earning them. To the point, when I have kids, I don’t want them to be like me. I want them to step away from technology, think without it, use their brains, their creativity. I am a creative person and I used to be even more creative. I would create art from magazine clippings, I’d write long stories about my future in notebooks (I still write, but do this on a computer now). I feel like my creativity has been dampened because of my use of technology. I feel like I rely too heavily on it. I do not have a smart phone. I don’t know if I want one either. I don’t need another reason to be disconnected from reality. I need to step away from the computer, step away from Facebook and Twitter, step away from the Internet and reexamine my priorities in life. My creativity is my life. I want to be a writer when I grow up, but I am killing my dream by spending so much time online. I want to see my future children better off than me and the only way is less technology.
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