Hello, my name is BCO, I am hopelessly addicted to computers.

“My computer is a data enriched black hole that sucks down time and makes it disappear.”

Computers were supposed to simplify our lives, to make them better, to give us access to all of this knowledge and to a certain extent, more power over our day to day existence.  But I do not see it, I find my computer gobbles up time, and I often wonder what it was that I used to do before computers.  About the only benefit that I see is the ability “to feed your mind the news you want in there, and the choice of skipping most of the negative items” at the same time.

That is a plus.

The rest of it is a lot of hooey (Okie technical term).  I remember paying extra to get a “math chip” so that I could “crunch all of these mind boggling numbers” that I was never, ever smart enough to find.  I have features on this computer here, that I have never accessed, will never use, and to be blunt about it, will not be able to operate until my grandson comes home for Christmas and shows me how.

Totally addicted, I often find myself on my computer several times a day, I keep it close by, almost as if it were a sharpened pencil and this blank page was my fresh note pad.  As a matter of fact, I did very little writing when I did not have a computer, this is an offshoot of my first computer, an 80’s model Apple Macintosh.  Before I bought that, in order to start up and write a Union Paper entitled the Flynn Flyer, I seldom wrote anything other than a check.

That computer was just one of many.  So old that it had only two operating disks, and they took up half of the available memory, just running the machine.  Right now, in our home, we have two laptops, three desk model computers.  We are computer poor in some ways.

Which begs to ask …. Why?

What do I need with this many computers?  Now the networks and television do not hold that type of fascination for me, I can go for literally weeks upon end without the benefit of television.  We have made trips and never turned it on for three to four weeks at a time, that is how I regard television, it is there, but it is no big deal. But my computer is a totally another story …“My computer is a data enriched black hole that sucks down time and makes it disappear.”

Hooking up for email, checking the various bus boards that I frequent, looking for some new item for the webpage, well, I just have to have that, I cannot (it seems) live without it.  And that is kind of sad, because as we all know, there are more important things in life than email, computers, data sheets and “please pass this on to everyone in your address book.

So there it is in a nutshell my life that I share with computers.  I cannot live with them (a constant source of anxiety and or frustration) and I cannot live without them (my need to be informed over rides the need for privacy).  If there is a cure for that, I sure wish someone would clue me in as I seem to he hopelessly addicted.

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4 thoughts on “Hello, my name is BCO, I am hopelessly addicted to computers.

  1. I feel the same! What did I do with my time before? This made me laugh! :)

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    • It is kind of insidious isn’t it? It just sneaks in there, and before you know it, you don’t have time for the “important things in life” and you fritter away all of your spare time for this.

      Sad. On a positive note, I made a trip over to your site and did some reading, nice, you do good work. I copped a subscription and will be following you and checking in from time to time.

      Thanks for your comment, now get outside and soak up some sunshine!

      DS

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  2. Perhaps it’s due to the overload of spring, outdoor work, but I have been lax reading blogs the past month. I also quit most of my email about 3 months ago. I deleted my Facebook profile about the same time. I have been a happy camper since I quit so much of the social networking. I’m more focused and productive without the distraction of the computer. I’m glad I made the change. Best of all, I rarely look at my cell phone. I seldom watch TV. I like the quiet in my life. The more noise and chaos that we attach ourselves to, the more we are bound up in stress and drama. That’s just never been my style. Great post.

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    • Your abscence has been noted. I had been wondering where you might be (figuring you were hard at work on your tan lines) and had missed you here of late. We tend to complicate our lives with these devices, and much like you, I am slowly trying to wean myself off of them.

      Recently I made a visit to the telephone company and told them to remove the texting features on my phone, I had tired of all this crap being sent to me which I did not want. I am getting better at managing my email, but I still have a long way to go.

      It is as I have said, an addiction, and I will handle it in my own good time, there is no pill or medication for it, other than sheer will power and a sense of dedication to remove it from your life, or at best, cut back on what it takes away from life.

      Don

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