(alternate working title, Get out of Myspace)
I'm an online addict. I am not afraid to admit that. And like most twenty-somethings I use the internet as an enhancement to just about every part of my life. I find new recipes, I chat with friends, I pay my bills, I apartment hunt, I read my news. I've attempted (very unsuccesfully) to do online dating. I've attempted (more successfully) online job hunting. I can't, and won't, get away from the world wide web.
In the past couple of weeks I have been doing some inventory. I have five e-mail accounts. Five! Is that normal? And what is even more freaky is that I have been completely sucked into the wonderful world of online friendship/networking/long-lost-best-friend websites. It started long ago with Friendster. And I was down with that. But now there's Facebook. And most recently there is Myspace. Not to mention the dating website of which I am still (an unsuccessful) member. Updating my profile on all of these places is a job in itself. I feel intense pressure to change my picture when I cut my hair or make sure people know that I now have a job and that no, I'm still not done with my thesis, but I'm content and happy and you should adore me because of these things. AHHHH!!! A few weeks ago Rachel decided she was done with these kinds of internet sites. I can't blame her, but then again she's always been the sane one in this friendship.
And you know what's nuts. I like sitting for hours "searching" for people I once knew. I've become one of those people. And when people want to add me as a buddy I get all excited, like this long lost internet friendship is going to really become something...something bigger than it was in real life. It's a sickness. A sickness I suppose I don't mind having becoem I'm not taking any steps to stop the behavior. If only there was a way to stop all of the crazy men who find my picture to be "hot " and/or "sexy" and think that sending a quick e-mail full of run on sentences is going to be the way to steal my heart. If I could make that stop it might help. Maybe...