Posted by: Jamie Stamm | July 10, 2008

The first step

Hello, my name is Jamie. And I am an Internet addict.

 I didn’t realize just how attached I’d become to the World Wide Web until last night, when a cable outage left me disconnected from the outside world.

I tried to occupy myself with dirty dishes and laundry. I sampled new shades of new polish and then painted my nails, my daughter’s and even my son’s (hey, he wanted them done – and I at least used blue polish). I spent some quality time with my poor, neglected kitty, who has been spending a lot of time alone this summer as we jet back and forth across the state.

But my head was swimming with questions. Did Gwen Stefani finally have her baby? Would there be thunderstorms again tomorrow? Was I losing out on a must-have on craigslist? Were people reading my blog?

“Wow,” I thought to myself. “You have a problem.”

They say that’s the first step, right? Admitting that you have a problem?

I think tomorrow on my day off, I’m going to take step No. 2 and buy that new David Sedaris book that I’ve been eyeing. And then I’m going to start spending more time reading and less time parked in front of a computer.

I just hope I don’t miss anything important.



  1. I am so glad to know I am not alone. One of the recent storms knocked out our internet connection and I have been on the verge of shaking in the corner. It’s sad how addicted we can become!

  2. I was seriously about to lose it last night, and again this morning when I had no internet. I’m right there with you.

  3. So glad to know it’s not just me. Maybe we could form a support group.

  4. …maybe we could make it an online support group?

  5. Sounds great!

  6. There have been weekends where I have banned myself from the computer. No email. No celebrity gossip. No checking blogs. It’s amazing what it does for you and I quickly learn that my life doesn’t come to a screeching halt when something happens and I don’t know about it!

  7. I don’t go nuts when the cable goes out — I revert to dial up — I only have to panic if BOTH the cable and the phone go out OR if I switch to cable phone service (that’s what’s holding me back – I need to keep that option to go to dial up open for me) — that’s how “sick” I am — I’ll even sit there for the 20 minutes it takes for something to down load on dial up rather than go without……..hhmm — maybe you need to be sure I’m included in that support group, but I agree with Lindsay — it needs to be held “online”!!!!

  8. I don’t know…it could be fun to do things offline every now and then…as long as there’s Wi-Fi available!

  9. I hate to admit that I am right there with you ladies!! Jonathan and I rarely disagree or argue, but the one thing that is a thorn in his side…my love of the internet (or even the computer in general). I think there are days he would like to throw the laptop out the front door and run over it with some big piece of heavy equipment just to make himself feel better!

  10. Maybe the husbands need a support group? Because I believe Donnie would gladly throw my computer in the trash if he thought I wouldn’t divorce him for it!

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