I have to admit that being online is a big part of my life, especially now that I am living in a more isolated way. I’m not just referring to our current virus enforced isolation. I have become progressively more reliant on the internet to do many of the things I used to do in person.
I used to bank and pay bills in person. I pretty much stopped doing that when we moved to Tasmania because my bank did not have a branch here. I used to write cheques. Cheques are so 20th century now. I don’t think I’ve written one for more than 15 years.
I used to buy a lot of dolls at shops, markets, doll shows etc. I still occasionally do that. It is my preferred way to shop, but more and more I buy them online because of the wider choice available and the fact that there are not many doll shows or markets that I can go to.
I used to buy my groceries at the shops although in later years David did that chore. When he became unable to drive anymore I started ordering online and getting them delivered and have done so ever since.
I have studied online too and found it a lot easier to focus on my work when I was not surrounded by a lot of other people who were more interested in talking, texting or using social media in the classroom than in getting on with theirs. If I want to do research for something I am interested in, something to do with a hobby, a place I want to visit, find a recipe or just find out who the star of some film was or who sung that song that’s stuck in my head, the internet is where I go.
Most of my entertainment comes from the internet too. I might download a book for my Kindle, watch a concert on YouTube, stream radio stations or watch Netflix, Prime or one of the catch up TV stations.
Finally, going online is how I interact with the world a lot of the time. It is the way that I find out what is going on in my old neighbourhood as well as my new one. I can talk to friends and family or find out what’s going on in their lives by reading their social media. I’ve made new friends in other parts of the world through blogging as well as discovering an absorbing hobby.
I suppose you could say I have become a citizen of the Internet.