Frittering Away

Posted in Computers & Technology at 9:28 am by Marion


Today a hard look at what we’re doing all this time on computers.

During a trip to visit family in the mountains a couple of weeks ago, I took a wonderful, head-clearing hike to Wolf Rock at Stone Mountain State Park.

Hiking allows me to regain my center, my values, my sanity. And during that hike, it became clear to me that I was way too involved in all things Internet.

All the images, random news stories, idle gossip and just junk had infiltrated my head and I realized, walking through the light rain, that I was frittering my life away caring about people and activities that aren’t real and have no relation to breath, flesh or beating hearts. In a word, the Internet.

In the past few months, I’ve signed up for Linkd In, Facebook, Twitter, G-mail, ebay and AIM (AOL Instant Messenger). I have more passwords than should be legal.

So when I returned from the hike, as if scales fell from my eyes, I gave them up. Twitter — gone. Madness! Facebook is still fun to visit once or so a day to see what my friends are doing, and to share some thoughts with them. Then — over! No taking those inane quizzes, and no more Facebook-Twittering. I still have a computer farm, which I visit from time to time, but not much. Why spend time in an electronic field, when there are real ones only a few yards from my house?

So I’m trying to separate myself from the Internet and computer world. Reduce the movies and downloaded TV shows I watch.

R e a d a b o o k!

I picked up a collection of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason stories, and have really enjoyed reading them so far. OK, they are dated and campy, with “loose women,” “rich daddies” and ne-er do-well-fiances.

I also took a 7-mile run yesterday, reminding me how important it is to move, to be alive, to have blood pumping in my arteries, in my heart.

My real heart!

So today’s Tech Thursday is actually Tech-less Thursday, with all apologies to my geek and nerd pals who make our virtual lives so much fun. I love your work … and enjoy tech, too … but nothing matches a real bug, created by God … a real tweet’s better than a Twitter-ed one … and a real human, or animal face, will outshine a Facebook-ed one any day.

I had a couple of other Tech issues in mind today, but on second thought, let’s just get outside on this spring day.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, this is Tech Thursday checking out of the virtual world to enjoy the real one.


  1. Gene-o said,

    May 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    This is one of the most wonderful and heart-warming columns you’ve ever written. You’ve struck a blow for the real world, for being active in your community and your body. Internet, like TV, is too easily abused. It looks so much like life that we start believing it is an acceptable substitute.

  2. Marion said,

    May 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for your real words. We have to remain human despite all the screen time and remember what really has value and meaning. Real people, real animals, real sunshine.

  3. Gene-o said,

    May 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Of course, we have to keep in mind that we’re having this exchange online!


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