Yesterday’s blog was about the time thief called television.
Today I’m going to talk about another time thief called Internet addiction.
The internet is a very valuable tool for searching all kinds of information such as vacation spots, ticket prices, directions, phone numbers, pet care, home care, health care and myriads of other products and services.
It’s also great for comparison shopping when making a big purchases such as homes, cars, appliances, vacations, books and many other items.
Online courses are also valuable as you can learn in the comfort of your home and don’t have to brave driving somewhere in winter storms. You can also take online courses from organizations all over the world, as I have done, from the comfort of home.
Many people make their living through their online businesses and need to spend time on the internet.
Communicating with loved ones and business associates can be done via e-mail or through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space and many others. People have even met marriage partners online.
The place where the internet becomes the thief of time is when you are spending too much time on it as an entertainment tool at the expense of work, family and friends.
I have heard of people ruining their marriages as they rather spend hours on the internet than spend it with their spouse or children. It can also affect their health sitting at the computer so long and not exercising enough.
Some people are on the internet until the wee hours of the night and are sleep deprived at work because they stayed up too late. I used to do this on a social forum and had to stop as it was affecting my health and sleep habits as well.
Fine wine is meant to be enjoyed in moderation, and the internet for entertainment reasons, should be enjoyed the same way.