By Kirsten Scott
You're reading this blog, so you're obviously a fan of the internet, and you know that there's something special about on-line communities. We've heard it said many times that the internet is making the world smaller, bringing diverse people together who wouldn't have interacted otherwise. I now count as friends people from all over the world--people from remote, barely civilized places like Australia, and distant, foreign lands like North Carolina.
Seriously, I know I've learned a ton from internet chat rooms, email loops, and blogs. But is it really all good?
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is open the computer. I read and respond to email. I blog.
A friend of mine gets up every morning and writes down five things he's grateful for and then meditates and get centered for the day.
Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
How many times have you sat in front of the computer and mindlessly surfed the internet? It's all one big free association--you start by checking email perhaps, then hit the blogs, then remember you wanted to look up a recipe, then search for an old high school buddy who used to make the recipe, then research flights to go back to your hometown to visit said buddy...You get the picture. Suddenly two hours have gone by and you have no idea what you just did.
I know and love the internet, but is it possible it can be both friend and foe? A little like chocolate? Some is yummy, but too much hurts the tummy?
What do you think? Do you spend too much time surfing the web? Did the internet introduce you to a group of unique, incredible, like-minded women who you might never have met otherwise (hint, hint)? Do your internet friends ever get in the way of making real life friends? Is there a difference?