I have to be honest- I would hate to go without my laptop (my access to internet service) for one day. I have come to consider my computer part of my lifeline to the world. When I was in the hospital for four days last April I asked for my laptop to be brought to me as quickly as possible. My computer offers peace when I am upset, it offers knowledge through news websites and blogs, and it allows me to connect with people when I feel isolated or lonely.
When I was admitted to the hospital my husband was able to let my friends and family know with one quick post on Facebook. With the family network in place, even my relatives who do not connect to Facebook knew I was sick within a day. I didn't have to worry about my husband and children being supported because I was able to see Facebook comments offering Daniel help with the girls, food, or a friendly ear if he needed to talk.
My blog became my best friend for the four months I spent recovering from shingles when I couldn't be out and about with the rest of my family. While they were at school and work I processed my feelings by sharing my fears with the world. I met some great people and was able to offer the same type of encouragement I was getting to others.
I read about how the computer and social media is making us a society of hermits and causing us to be disconnected. I strongly disagree. It's all in the way people choose to use the internet. I seek out rich conversations and material that will increase my knowledge and understanding of the world around me. I never had a lot of friends that I hung around with in real life, anyway, so nothing has changed for me. In my opinion the internet has enriched my life in a way that has allowed me to grow.