Posted by: Calvin | October 17, 2010

Hello My Name is Calvin . . .

. . . and I am a Facebook addict.  I do not want to be a Facebook addict.  I never meant to be a Facebook addict.  It has been fun reconnecting with people from my past (some more than others) and chatting at all times of the day with people all over the map . . . BUT, this is getting crazy.  I even have a Facebook application on my phone and check for updates at red lights.  Surely, I have better things to do a red lights . . . like watching to see when the light turns green.

Many of my “friends” are people I  knew from high school.  Many I knew well and am so glad to catch up with them again to see how they have grown over the years.  I have also figured out that I really missed out on getting to know some fun, quality people back then.  It is nice to have a second chance in cyberspace.  Other friends are people who I see all the time and others are people who I have never met in real life.  I do feel that I have gotten to know my friends a little better, and that is a good thing, BUT I could still stand to spend less time logged in.

The worst part about Facebook is the games.  Perhaps it is truer to say that I am a Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook addict.  For a while I was a Farm Town and other “ville” addict, but I gave those games up cold turkey.  My previous laptop, may it rest in peace, got a virus and I decided that it was because of all those silly “ville” games.  However, I also managed to convince myself that the viruses did not come from Bejeweled Blitz.  So, I continue to waste time playing that darn game.  Tonight my son pointed out that I have nothing to show for the time I have spent playing Bejeweled Blitz and he is so right.  Then I remembered this lonely, neglected blog.  At least if I spend my time writing a blog post, I have something to show for it.   Even if no one reads it.

From now on, when I get the urge to waste time on the computer, I will try to spend the bulk of my free time blogging, reading or writing e-mails to loved ones and much less time Bejeweled Blitzing.   Who knows, I may even convince myself to turn off the computer and just hang out with my family sans the computer!

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  1. Well, hello Calvin!
    Now see, my first rule of Facebook when I logged on ages ago was NO APPLICATIONS OR GAMES!

  2. …and I don’t know why that posted so quickly! Anyhoo, I’ve kept my FB use under control, but Twitter? Oh, that would be my red light addiction!! So I can relate. I swear the biggest obstacle to my reading challenge I put myself to this year when I was done with my volunteering posts has been the dreaded twitter timeline and that handy iphone constantly updating me. I have to truly leave it in another room in order to get deep into a book! But ultimately your son is right and it is a thought like which keeps me finding a way to balance it all out. Good luck!

  3. Don’t know what made me do it, but I’m SO glad I checked your blog. I’d much rather catch up on your thoughts this way. Back from Paris yesterday. Loved it. So – Parisian! Waiting to hear if you are considering CA next summer.


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