There has been a lot of dicussion in the forums and the blogs lately about the problems of online addiction and particularly Redbubble adiction. While I agree that this can be a problem for all of the reasons given in the blogs about this topic, I’d like to tell my own particular story. After 55 years of a healthy life, 2 years ago I was felled by asthma and sinus problems. My husband’s job had changed and with it our health insurance. I no longer had access to low cost quality health care. This caused us to leave Santa Fe, New Mexico for Chapel Hill, North Carolina where my husband could get a job with guaranteed health insurance for both of us. He also located me a very fine Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist who addressed my allergies and did surgery on my sinuses.
The year before the surgery and the move, I was bedridden most of the time. I was literally shut in my bedroom with a humidifier running. During that time, I decided that I would really learn digital imaging and how to use my fractal software. This was the best thing to come out of a really dark period in my life. If Redbubble had been up and running, I would have been on it constantly. The internet was my window to the world. It still is in many ways.
We hear so much now about the problems with the internet. It can be invasive. Sometimes we are reduced to being mere bytes for advertising purposes. People do get addicted at times. It also has a very positive side for many of us who would have no other means of “getting out there.” I’m now back to living a normal life, but I’m glad that if I had to be ill that I had the curiosity to use the internet to relieve my boredom. It probably saved my sanity. Maybe each of us should evaluate from time to time how much of our life we’re devoting to our digital universe and ask ourselves if it’s interfering with our other life. All of the blogs on this on Redbubble has made me think about this issue and do a check on my lifestyle.