On the radio the other day, the DJ was talking about a University of Leeds study that linked depression with excessive internet use. The idea being that some people replaced their face to face social interaction with online relationships, causing a depressive state. They weren't sure, however, if the internet use caused the depression or if depressed people were drawn to the internet. If you're interested in reading about the study, you can find it here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/707/excessive_internet_use_is_linked_to_depression
As my friend, Rachel Lynne blogged yesterday (http://blog.rachellynneauthor.com/2010/02/04/the-writers-life-living-in-cyberspace.aspx), writers are solitary creatures. We spend a lot of time on the computer and internet. The friendships we make online are wonderful and no less real for being long distance. But we need to take care to balance those friendships with those that we see on a day to day basis.
So, today I'm headed out on day trip provided by Outdoor Recreation on post with my friend, C. We're touring some fabric stores here in the local area. Hopefully I will find some great embellishments for a purse I want to make. Then I'm coming home and jumping on the computer to look for my writer friends and do some sprinting.
Tomorrow will be a well-balanced day for me and I'm sure to enjoy myself with ALL my friends.
Do you ever feel as though your online world has taken over your physical one? What do you do ensure you keep a healthy balance?
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