It all started when Mum got a new laptop. Her old netbook, no longer needed, was passed down the line to me. Suddenly a whole new world was open to me. I had instant access to the internet whenever I needed (or wanted) it. I could write anywhere in the house, not just at my desk. The possibilities were endless. Certainly I could update my blog far more regularly.
Time passed. I was quite in love with my little netbook. Everyday there were blog posts to read, comment on, and to write. Then, one day, Gemma-Rose asked me to do something for her.
"In a minute," I mumbled, absorbed in my blog reading. "I'm busy."
"You're always on your laptop," she complained.
"No I'm not." I thought back guiltily to the hours I'd already spent on the internet that day. I wasn't always on the internet...was I?
"I've been reading this great book about Jane Austen," Charlotte said. "You should read it."
"I will." The book went back to the library without my having read it. Where was I? On the internet of course.
Finally, I realised that something must be done. "You're spending too much time on the internet," I told myself. "You don't need to check every blog sixteen times a day, or click every single link to find out where it goes. You're just wasting time and you know it."
And so, I have made a resolution. I shall not spend every single free minute on my netbook. I shall go outside and play with the little girls. I shall cook scones. I shall read real books. And I shan't miss it one little bit. But I have learnt the terrible truth about technology. If you're not careful, it'll take over your life. One day you'll wake up and realise that you are glued to your computer. So, who's in charge of your life, you or your computer?
Do you ever find that you're wasting time on the computer? How do you combat it? I'd love to hear about it.