There are several factors of me that are incredibly obvious. I am a journalist, as shown by my constant need to write and ask questions. I am an Anglophile, as shown by my complete love of the culture and inability to stop using British slang. I am an Internet kid, as shown by my completely ridiculous use of time on the web.
I don’t really know exactly when I started devoting my life to the Internet. I guess if I look for a definite date I would say the day I started this blog. That was the day I really started spending my time searching the Internet for myself. News articles, Tumblr, and other bloggers really became my life around then. I don’t think a day (unless you count camping adventures) has gone by where I’m not attached to my laptop, looking for the latest in celebrity gossip or checking CNN or responding to comments. I am an Internet kid, simple as that.
If you’re like my dad, who didn’t grow up with the culture I have, you are probably guilty of thinking I am addicted and am insane. I am not. Some people enjoy sports, others enjoy cooking, and I enjoy the expanse of knowledge and creativity that is the Internet. And that’s how I spend my time, trying to discover all four corners of the expansive web.
Lots of people are Internet kids (as is the popular term for teenagers who spend their time on the Internet). Many of my good friends, especially those who are fellow writers, are as guilty as me in wasting their phone battery scrolling through Twitter. We watch YouTube videos religiously and are rarely found without a witty comment about the latest rumours going around. We are a special species that I adore, because we know what’s going on. We are all well-educated beings who are getting our information from different sources, meaning we’re seeing the multiple sides to the story. Our biases are slowly fading as we learn that there is more. And that’s cool, you have to admit.
But how do you know if you are an Internet kid? Here is a list of symptoms to check to see if you are one of our kind.
Internet Kid Symptoms (As Told By Dr. Enthusiasm)
Checking Twitter is not a once-a-day thing. 5+ is much more accurate.
You have at least one friend who you met over the Internet.
The idea of being cut off from your laptop seems more painful than having your leg cut off.
When someone tells you something, not only do you already know all about it, but you’ve already tweeted about it too.
There is no sleep. Only Tumblr.
Your YouTube subscriptions list is a bit out of control.
You’d rather binge Netflix than go to a party.
Talking about pop culture is more addictive than heroin.
Are you an Internet kid? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to meet more of you!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, there is no cure.
Stay classy, Internet,
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