I mentioned last week that my computer is broken. It’s currently with Apple, being fixed, which means I have no computer at home. We have a netbook, but it’s Chad’s primary computer, and using it is kind of awful since the screen is so small. Thus, I haven’t been getting on the web as much as usual. And you know what?
The internet makes me want to spend money. Also, it makes me waste time.
Without the internet as a constant source of entertainment, I didn’t visit anthropologie.com just because I was feeling bored. I didn’t read some of the blogs that focus more on shopping than on anything else. I still looked at my favorite blogs (the ones whose websites I have memorized). I still read my email, chock full of tempting sale ads from my favorite stores. Surfing over to LOFT’s website was too much effort, so I didn’t.
I also noticed that I had a lot more time. Sometimes, I’ll get caught up reading and shopping and Facebooking and 2 hours will pass. Without the internet, I managed to cook dinner and bake some cookies – and do the dishes. Usually I plan to do these things & get distracted before I start.
I don’t think this is going to lead to any groundbreaking life changes. I still need to get online for work-related stuff, I still need to check email, and it’s still a pretty cheap form of entertainment. The problem is that I just can’t seem to get off the damn thing!
Do you find that the ease of online shopping increases the temptation to spend? Or is your internet addiction less extreme than mine?