The NY Times has an article on blogging addictions or obsessions as the NYT’s calls it.
Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few. For some, it becomes an obsession. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don’t keep up. As they spend more time hunkered over their computers, they neglect family, friends and jobs.
The article tells the story of a man celebrating his fourth wedding anniversary in Florida. His wife caught him sitting on the toilet in the hotel bathroom, blogging on his Internet enabled laptop. Haven’t we all done this? Is this not normal?
Tony Pierce started his blog three years ago while in search of a distraction after breaking up with a girlfriend…Mr. Pierce..said blogging began to feel like an addiction when he noticed that he would rather be with his computer than with his girlfriend.
The article also talks about statistics that show the vast majority of bloggers abandon their hobby after a short while and fewer than 4% of those online read blogs. But most of the article seems to want to show that bloggers are fanatics that can’t function in other areas of their lives because of the obsession with their blogs.
Others find they are distracted to the point of neglectfulness. Tom Lewis, 35, a project manager for a software firm in western Massachusetts who has a photo blog (tomdog.buzznet.com/user), has occasionally shown up “considerably late” for events and has put off more than a few work-related calls to tend to his blog.
I think the people cited in the NYT’s article are a small minority and that most of us are competent multi-taskers.
I better get to dinner. My wife just stepped into my office to tell me dinner’s ready. Come to think of it, I think that was like 45 minutes ago. Oops.