According to the Internet I am suffering from Internet addiction disorder (IAD) or problematic internet use (PIU) or compulsive internet use (CIU) or Internet overuse, or problematic computer use or pathological computer use or iDisorder. Wow, that’s some achievement! According to the internet again, there is no medicine or cure, the only thing can be done is in my hands and that is self control.
Accept it, using internet all day is a disorder and not an addiction as most of us think, or like to tell ourselves.
I used to believe using internet is my hobby, but you know hobby is something you do in your *leisure time for *pleasure , so it is safe to say that this ‘hobby’ isn't a hobby anymore, not for me.
There was a time when I used to buy one book every week, five magazines a month and read everyday whenever I had some free time but now I tell myself I will read online, even the newspapers. (Which I never do)
There was a time when I used to celebrate the events like Independence Day, Pakistan Day by decorating our home, buying flags and badges or going to the Air Force exhibition etc but now all I do is to worry about a good status update for such days.
There was a time when I used to share things with my friends but now I tweet my feelings.
There was a time when I used to go to the restaurants thinking and planning what to eat but now I worry about eating what will be worth instagraming.
There was a time when I used to visit my relatives to spend time with them and enjoying but now my visits depend on who has a Wi-Fi connection.
There was a time when I used to get ready and waited for others to get ready but now I have to take selfies so that I can upload later.
There was a time when I used to go out and play some kinda sport every evening, now I prefer playing online games and clearing one level of Candy crush makes my day.
WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE HERE? DO I EVEN REMEMBER WHAT MY HOBBIES ARE?
Cricket, the game I call my first and last love. Last time I played cricket was almost eight months ago.
Swimming, something that actually freshens me up. Last time I properly swam was almost one year ago.
Reading, that excited me so much. Last time I read a book properly was almost one year ago.
Writing, something actually relaxed me. Last time I wrote properly with feelings was almost six months ago.
I can’t do any of these things because I am busy using internet, every second day I will update a status, text my friends, or tweet about boredom, that I am getting bored, that I don’t have anything to do but still, all my day will be spent in front of a laptop or cell phone.
Time to spend my one life (Sudden realization: JUST ONE LIFE) the actual way it should be spent. Will I be able to? Haha.
P.S. ‘I’ here is for most of us people, pretty sure most of you can relate.