How many people get out of bed, rub their eyes, and on the way to breakfast, stop for a quick look on the internet? Some to check email, some to see if the world is still turning. It can be addictive.
I know I can hardly start cooking without carrying my laptop to the kitchen and typing in recipezaar to find yet another way to cook chicken.
Just being two adults living under one roof, two computers were essential at my house. “Well, what if I need to get online and you’re on the computer?!”
Computers have gone the way of televisions and telephones. Once upon a time there was one telephone and one television to a house, and years later, one computer to a house. Now, every member of the household has a cell phone; in many families, each person has his or her own television set, and yes, there are separate computers. Personally, I think all these are helping destroy the concept of family time, but that’s another post. But, at the same time, there is the good argument that we stay in touch with each other. People many states and many miles away can be in touch with family and friends in a matter of moments. With the cameras and sound attached to computers, we can even hear and see each other in the “present.”
I used to tell my students, “Just read. There are books on every subject imaginable! Just read something.” Today, have you got a subject and no way to the library? Look it up online. There is information on everything and eBooks available for a small fee and some are even free.
Want to let the world hear your opinion on a subject? There are blogs on every subject and in every country.
If you want to talk to someone, you do not even have to know each other. You can meet online, date online, marry online (not legal), marry on line by proxy (legal), and divorce online.
Since this is June, I wondered about weddings, so I looked ONLINE. In a matter of minutes, I could find the longest marriage and the shortest marriage:
For those who are curious, the longest marriage: A couple from Taiwan successfully recorded the world's longest marriage with Guinness after marking 85 years of matrimony. Now that is love – or perhaps no access to online computers.Short marriages: A newspaper in London printed that Scott McKie and Victoria Anderson would like to announce that their 90-minute marriage is now over. It seems the happy couple thought themselves ideally suited as they exchanged vows in Manchester. They then went for drinks with friends. After several drinks, the groom toasted the bridesmaids; the bride hit him over the head with an ashtray. He then picked up a hat stand and hurled it “like a javelin” at the bar. Well, you get the picture.
There are people who do not own a computer nor want one, but for most of us: Online is a word that is feared, revered, and essential. Now, excuse me, The Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog awaits.