Seven Signs You Might Be Too Plugged In.

by Amber on August 17, 2010

Do you ever wonder if maybe you’re relying on the internet and its array of addicting toys and tools a little too much? I sure do. Here are ten signs that you might need to unplug:

You see the world through tweet-covered glasses. Ever been out to dinner with your husband and had to fight the urge to pull out your phone and tweet something important like, “Thinking of feeding the waitress my dinner. She is scary skinny.” No? Me neither.

Your google reader  regularly tells you your unread items number in the hundreds. Mine currently says I have more than a thousand posts to read. Now, I love you all. And I want to keep up to date with each and every blogger who visits me (and many who have never heard of me). But, people? This is out of control.

You want to hashtag everything. Everyone knows that twitter hashtags can make the difference between a mediocre tweet and a super funny one. So it’s no wonder that you might want to extend that form of prose to your facebook status updates. But when you start signing birthday cards, “damn, you’re getting old. #dontworryjustkidding” you might have a problem.

You  spend gorgeous summer evenings and beautiful weekend afternoons on the couch with your laptop. I know I was  guilty of this one. Until I figured out that I could take my laptop outside and still get a signal. A firefly show and an active twitter stream? Yes, please.

You have ever excused yourself to go to the restroom so you could check your twitter/facebook/gmail. I’ve been known to just “sneak a peek” while at the grocery store, in the mall—even while in the doctor’s office. But if you find yourself excusing yourself from children’s birthday parties or family dinners, you’ve crossed the line (I haven’t yet).

You know more about what’s going on in the lives of your online friends than with your real life buds. When this starts to happen? It’s time to use your phone to make actual calls, people.

When without internet access, you start to feel twitchy. I’ve never been addicted to drugs, but I think internet withdrawal has some similarities. I know when I couldn’t figure out how to get access while at BlogHer, I started to get a little bug-eyed. And the sense of relief when I finally saw those little bars pop up? Was a little crazy.

You know, I was going to make this a top ten list. But I think I’ve made myself sound pathetic enough, so I’m going to go call my mom instead. While I’m gone, tell me how you know you’re spending too much time online.

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Megan August 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

I think I have a problem. I have wanted to add hashtags into spoken conversation. :/

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Amber August 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Me too. That’s what made me think of that one. #lifeisbetterwithhashtags

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C @ Kid Things August 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

Um… yeah. Hello, my name is C and I am an internet addict.Though, a thousand unread posts?! I think it’s time to mark all as read.
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Amber August 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

You know, after I read this, I went and did exactly that. I feel much better now.

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Wendy August 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

Guilty of all seven!

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Amber August 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Welcome to the club.

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Nolie August 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Love it! Though I figured out the day I got my netbook that I can get a signal in the backyard. It’s the fear of sunburn that keeps me inside.
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Amber August 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

That’s what sunscreen is for! The glare might be a problem, though.

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Amber August 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Guilty as charged on six out of seven accounts.

And once the summer evenings run out, I’m in big trouble.
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Amber August 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Well, you know. Cold snowy weather almost demands a lot of internet time. Otherwise you might go crazy.

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Allison @ Alli n Son August 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

When I start to get stressed by how many blogs I have to read and how many emails I have to respond to. Like physically stresses about it. That’s why I jniw it’s time to unplug. After I get caught up of course.
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Amber August 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Yeah. I sometimes want to stick my head in the sand. Instead I usually take the weekend off (speaking of which, I probably won’t be posting this weekend).

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Nancy C August 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

You have ever excused yourself to go to the restroom so you could check your twitter/facebook/gmail.

Oh yes. Yes I have. My husband says, “You’re not pooping. Get off the phone already.”

He knows me well.

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Amber August 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

“You’re not pooping…” HA! That is too dang funny. Mine hasn’t caught on yet.

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sara@domesticallychallenged August 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm

That was so awesome Amber! You hit them all right on with those!
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Amber August 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

The sad part is, I could’ve gone on…but last night I unplugged…and watched TV. I’m not sure that’s any better.

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Missy August 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Ha! I frequently think in tweets. Scary. I NEVER thought this could happen to me… Isn’t that what they all say?
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Amber August 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

I never ever thought it would happen to me. In fact there was a time when I thought twitter was stupid. Hard to believe now…

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Natalie August 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm

#idontknowwhatyouaretalkingabout
#icantrelate
#whatistwitter

I’m including this in my Saturday post! Every Saturday I tell my readers about the best posts I’ve come across during the week – this one made me laugh because I totally am guilty of all of these things!
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Amber August 18, 2010 at 8:49 am

Well, thank you! If we can’t laugh at ourselves than what can we laugh at, right?

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Coma Girl August 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Well I thought I might have a problem, but I only have 95 unread blogs in my reader. So clearly I am fine ;) And #IwoulddieifIhadover1000.

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Amber August 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

I cleared it out last night, but I just looked and I have 160 again. I really need to do some housecleaning I think. #gladyourproblemislessseriousthanmine

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Alexandra August 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

Is it good or bad that I don’t know what hashtags are for or what they mean?

Seriously, should I know?
*sigh* going to go google.

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dusty earth mother August 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

Ouch. Oh, Amber… I’m turning off my computer now.

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Marylin August 20, 2010 at 9:20 am

I’m guilty of most of them… oh dear!
It’s not that I go to the restroom to read twitter, it’s just, I might as *well* check while I’m there, right? RIGHT??
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Amber August 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Absolutely. I don’t see a problem with that. Nope, not me…’cause then I’d have a problem too!

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Kate August 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

Actually, I am better than I thought. I do check email and twitter when out and about (obviously, it’s what I’ve got net access on teh phone for!) but I am on the lappy when I could be out.

One of the local playcentres has free wifi so I have been known to take my 4 year old, let her play and tweet at the same time. One time, she said “You’re not going to make me go when the battery runs out this time, are you?!” … but I still did!

I don’t do Google reader – am so glad I don’t. It’s hard enough catching up with Gallery posts every week.
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Amber August 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Snort. That’s what being a blogging mom is all about, isn’t it?

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Jenn @ Gaffney's Gabs August 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

OMG you hit the nail on the head on so many points there. Wow, I know I’m totally that bad with my google reader, I think it’s lost count of my unreads, it’s ridiculous! Glad I’m not alone.

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Amber August 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I think we need to start a bloggy support group. :-)

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Betsy @ zen-mama.com August 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Oh dear…I’m inside on this gorgeous day doing just what you said…I guess I’m too plugged in, too! But I am enjoying myself!! And maybe it’s too hot outside anyway..#justkidding

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Amber August 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

I’m sure it was too hot outside. Wait until September to break your addiction. It’s nicer out in the fall…

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Sandra August 22, 2010 at 2:21 am

You’ve just described me to a T…and shamefully, rather than realize I have a slight problem, I’m thinking that i need a Blackberry so I can excuse myself to go to the washroom and check my blog, FB, Twitter!
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Amber August 23, 2010 at 8:40 am

Me too. I totally want one of those babies…or an android, or a iPhone…

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The Mommyologist August 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

This post seriously kicks ass!!! You just described me to a “T”!! I am WAY WAY WAY too plugged in…but I love every stinkin’ minute of it.

I am even guilty of pulling out my Iphone just to “check the time” but it’s really just an excuse to glance at my emails!!

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Amber August 23, 2010 at 8:40 am

If I had an iPhone, I’d be doing the same thing. I so, so, want a smart phone so I have immediate access wherever I go, but at the same time, I don’t want a smart phone, because then I’d have immediate access wherever I go…

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Christine August 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I can’t relate to this post… (just kidding ;) )
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Amber August 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

Nope. No one can. The women written about in this post are, emmm, from Russia. And they write on blogs I’ve never heard of. Yep, that’s it…

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Dalia August 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Okay, you make me feel better. Do need my access and just recently found myself out with friends wishing my online friends were there! It is so easy though to do all of them. I have been trying. Great post!

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Amber August 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

I think we’ve all been there…as evidenced by the number of people who have commented here!

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