My so-called Digital Life

| June 23, 2010 | Comments (3)

Contrary to what a lot of my friends believe, I actually have a lot to do away from my computer. After all, the laundry needs to be done, the kids to be fed, and the house needs cleaning.  But there are certainly days when a couple of hours are needed to dedicate in just getting stuff done tinkering in my laptop.

I’m not really talking about the productivity suckers like Twitter (cough) andFacebook (cough cough), and not even about keeping up with the numerous blogs I currently run or write for. I’m talking about simple things like paying the bills online, answering emails from friends, writing emails to my son’s teacher, canvassing for a good travel deal, making a doctor’s appointment, etc…

Just sitting in front of the computer can now do those mundane tasks that were normally done by running around. I can easily cross off a whole to-do-list rapidly fast and sometimes without a single hitch. And this is where the whole problem starts. Because of the easy accessibility to anything in the Internet, I have become my own little monster.

Quite naturally, I have developed this very high expectation on others for quick responses and reactions.  I mean after all, isn’t that what our smart phones such as  iPhones and Blackberriesare for?  Why else would you want instant access to Internet other than be available to reach at any time.

Gone are those days when the Internet was just my source of entertainment in our household. Nowadays, the Internet is my daily source of life support. Calendars are synchronized between husband, kids, and work. Twitter and Facebook report on my daily play-by-play. And I simply manage to not drown in my pool of email and virtual communities.

How are you living your digital life?

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About MJ Tam: Head Chicagonista, Online Talk Show Host of Chicagonista LIVE! and lead mom-blogger for The Chicago Moms. MJ is also a kiddie chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, zoo-keeper, and circus juggler to 3 active kids and a self-proclaimed awesome wife. Personally blogs at and tweets as @mjtam View author profile.

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  1. Pamela says:

    I cannot even get through cooking dinner without checking my email on my phone, I hate it!!!

    I’m so glad to see you’re continuing on the SV Moms Blog traditional writing style here!

  2. Susan @ 2KoP says:

    I’m living my digital life in front of my fabulous Mac with a 23″ monitor. I love it, but I drool over my twins’ twin iPhones. I know why they have them (we debated long and hard); I know why I don’t (we can’t afford another $30/month data package), but, man, I’m jealous.

  3. Lisa says:

    I think I could use a 12 step program for my internet addiction. My is partly do to being in an office for the better part of my 40 hour week ALONE. I use facebook, etc to keep my sanity when I go hours without talking to anyone.
    But I completely know what you mean about getting to the point where you expect everyone else to be so quick to respond. I am driven crazy by people who only check their email every couple days!! REALLY!?!?! What’s the point? Just tell me you don’t have email and I know I HAVE to call you! I purchased my first smart phone early this year and I check my email all day long.

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