Chronically Online

My grandparents are in their 90s and they’ve never used the internet or a smartphone. They just simply chose not to, even though they’ve had the past like 20 years to do so.

It must have been so peaceful to live in a time without the internet or even the amount of news we see on tv nowadays. Imagine all the things people didn’t have to know.

But me, I’ve been chronically online since we put a Gateway computer in our house. I’ve feel like I’ve seen enough, heard enough, read enough, and watched enough to last me lifetimes. I’ve met hundreds of people I never would’ve met – only I met them virtually.

My life, my circle, my level of just knowing things is huge because of the internet.

But it’s normal to me. I grew up on social media and now I work in the field. I can’t escape it, and I need to stay on it to stay updated on the last trends for my career.

To be someone who isn’t chronically online must be a much more peaceful existence. They don’t know what #OOTD means and it doesn’t matter. They don’t know what Gen Z is into unless they actually know a couple of Gen Z’s themselves. They don’t care that Elon Musk is dismantling Twitter or if it’s a bones or no bones day.

I like my life, I like being knowledgeable in my field. But sometimes I wish it was a bit quieter, that being chronically online wasn’t something I relied on so much.

14 thoughts on “Chronically Online

  1. I’m showing my age here but I don’t see the necessity of being online unless it’s absolutely necessary such as showcasing my work as a writer and checking my email. Other than that, I’m not on there often.

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  2. I feel the same as you. I actually think I’ve absorbed too much information, most of which I don’t remember anyway. And the only reason I do it is because I’m bored. I really need to relook my browsing habits.

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  3. I’m somewhere in between.

    I grew up in the age of computers that weren’t connected, and I turned them off when I wasn’t using them (“using them” consisted of video games most of the time, but occasionally for typing and occasionally exploring some very simple coding, which you had to know a little bit about to get computers to do anything in the 80s). I had my first experience with the Internet in 1994, just as it was emerging as a mainstream technology. And I still have that mentality that the Internet is a novelty, something to do for fun, or when you need to look something up or contact someone, but not the major medium in which life exists (although, of course, more and more of life does exist there these days).

    But I do spend most of my time looking at this screen. I think, though, that that also has a lot to do with the fact that I live alone and have little contact with other human beings when I’m not at work. But I feel no need to get obsessed with social media trends or maximizing my subscriber counts or anything like that.

    It’s an interesting place to be, especially these days…

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  4. I do think that being online has an added level of pressure to it, because you’re more concerned with online safety, who can see you etc! As much as I love the internet being a part of Gen Z, I do think life would be much more peaceful if there was no internet or if it wasn’t as prevalent 😂 Love your perception! ☺️

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