Oh internet. I have such a love/hate relationship with you.
I love the internet because it allows me to connect with friends in other countries and states that I’d never get to see otherwise. I love that it allows me to talk to each of you every single day. I love that it’s the home of my career.
But, I gotta be real, sometimes the internet is actually the worst.
Here are five solid reasons why:
1. If you think you might be pregnant – maybe your period is a few days late and you’re in freakout mode, or perhaps you’ve just been really hoping to have a baby, either way avoid the internet. It doesn’t matter what you type into that search box for a little “research” you’ll find an article telling you how “science” proves that if your left pinky toes twitches on a Tuesday you’re pregnant with a baby boy. Just don’t look until you’ve gotten a positive pregnancy test or have been visited by aunt flo.
2. You’re sick – Feeling a bit under the weather? You definitely will be after you hop on the interwebs to do a quick google search of your symptoms. Suddenly your at death’s door just hoping to survive the week. The only positive side of this new development is that google can also offer you some free resources for writing your last will and testament as well as discounted funeral services. Unless you’re looking for a bargain casket that you won’t end up needing this decade, stay off the internet!
3. If your kid is sick – The only symptoms that are worse to google than your own are your child’s If your darling child is sick call the doctor not google. With my first baby I noticed this amazing thing, that every ailment my son would get, be it slight bruising from a fall at the park or an upper respiratory infection that he just couldn’t kick, it all turns out to be some rare form of cancer according to google. Go figure. Lesson learned, I’ll avoid the internet.
4. Election time – Yay! It’s election year, time for change and better country and progress and all that. Except for all the ruined friendships based off heavily biased and poorly articulated articles being shared on Facebook about one presidential candidate or the other. If you want to stay friends with people stay off the internet until December this year.
5. Comments section – Reading the comments section of pretty much anything is enough to make you lose faith in humanity all together. Just on my own articles I’ve been called a horrible parent, been told I smell bad, been accused of being a serial killer (#logic) and was informed by a kind reader that she feels sorry for my children. Quite a lot for a site that is mainly kind and hardly ever controversial. Things really get cringey if you read a site that spouts off strong opinions about hot button topics. Just. No. If you want to continue liking humans, I suggest avoidance of comments on pretty much everything, ever. (Except my blog because I love hearing from you…)
What do you think? Avoid the internet forever or love it? I’m gonna settle with a little bit of both!