It has occurred to me, I’ve become one of those people. One of those people that spends a ridiculous amount of time on my computer. I spend hours on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blogs and now my own website and blog.
I never understood why people would prefer to be online instead of being out in the world, being social, seeing friends and participating in activities. And kids today, they don’t go outside and play like I did when I was young. They are cooped up inside and spend their time in a virtual world. How horrible, what a waste of time and of life. An entire generation (generations) will grow up without learning certain social graces that older generations have become accustomed to. Then there are the health related issues that arise in this virtual world that has been introduced to us, such as an increase in being sedentary, leading of course to a host of other problems.
Is it really so bad? In terms of the health related issues (being sedentary), this can be easily remedied by getting regular exercise for example. All it takes is a little discipline.
And for a trade off, what do you get by sitting in front of a computer for hours on end? I’ll tell you what I’ve found. I have found a community of like minded people unlike any I’ve been able to find in “real life.” The paleo, whole, real, clean food community. Within my virtual community I have found friends, colleagues and myself. I have found education, laughter, camaraderie, and a place where I can express myself freely without feeling ridicule or judgement, or receiving the proverbial eye roll. I’m free to express myself to people that understand me and my way of thinking. I’ve found a home for a chunk of my soul that has been homeless for my entire life, up until this point.
I adore my friends and family and the Internet is not a replacement for them or for actual human contact. It’s just that now I understand the draw of it all, of the Internet. It’s a place where I feel comfortable in my own skin, safe and free to express myself to people that have the same interests, respect my sometimes bizarre knowledge, and want to “listen” to me drone on and on about what I love the most.