Meet Internet Girl! She’s fun, she likes shiny objects, and she’s easily distracted. She’s supposed to be writing (some may say “blogging”) but sometimes she’s really naughty and she skips around the web to her favorite internet spots like Facebook, Twitter, and her favorite new toy, Pinterest. Oh, but look, it’s so pretty!
Yes, friends, Internet Girl, often has a far off, glazed over look to her eyes. She can’t focus on one thing at a time, she gets distracted by pretty pictures on websites and forgets to read the text, and she likes to have lots of windows open on her computer. Her to-do list is a mile-long with no end in sight. There are stacks of things around her house that she’s just about to get to but first she’s got to check on…Twitter, now Facebook, now e-mail, oh wait, Stumble Upon!
Her poor children have learned to deal with Internet Girl by saying things like, “Look into my eyes, listen to what I’m saying, and don’t look at your computer, Internet Girl!” Or the dreaded, “Can you please sign this form for school, Internet Girl, and I’ll stand here while you do it. Here’s a pen because that desk is a mess!”
Sometimes, Internet Girl’s teens attack her with weapons when she’s been extra naughty and forgets to schedule their dentist appointments or write down a phone message. It’s especially bad when she forgets to buy something on the grocery list that her thoughtful children have highlighted and starred to bring it to Internet Girl’s attention!
Her poor husband likes to say, “Finish your sentence, Internet Girl,” when she suddenly stops talking in the middle of a juicy story and her eyes glaze over. Or, “Focus, bring it home, Internet Girl,” to get her to concentrate and complete a thought. Meanwhile, Internet Girl’s mind is racing onto the next great idea that’s popped into her head and her saintly husband is hanging on her every word! Or, when she’s tearing around the house looking for her reading glasses because she just got mentioned on Twitter and her husband gently informs her that her glasses are on her head. Yes, that’s our Internet Girl!
What’s Internet Girl’s solution to all of the shiny stuff on the web?
Unplug the Wi-Fi
Yes, friends, every night at 8:45pm the wi-fi cable gets unplugged from the router so Internet Girl (and texting teens) can go back to complete sentences and conversations with full eye contact. And, with technology free Sundays, Internet Girl gets an entire day off from skipping about the world-wide web, looking at pretty pictures and trying to be clever in 140 characters or less.
Of course, by the time Internet Girl unplugs her wi-fi every night at 20:45, she’s so exhausted from trying to take over the world with stylish frugality that she’s ready to go to bed. She’s got to get up early the next morning to become….
What recommendations do you have for Internet Girl? How do you control yourself on the web?