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ShopStyle: Diary of an online shopping addiction

December 13, 2012

This is the true story of a woman and a website: ShopStyle. If you know what’s good for you, you won’t click that link. But if you are one of the people who have asked me about the super-ultra-amazing shopping search engine I can’t stop using, here is our tale.

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12-Step Social Media Scanner & Intervention Bot

June 3, 2012

Imagining a 12-step bot that constantly scans people’s social media feeds for signs that things are out of control, and then tweets you the location of your nearest AA, Overeaters Anonymous or Shoppers Anonymous.

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10 early warning signs that you need to decrease (or increase) your time online

October 3, 2011

Yesterday I received what I accurately diagnosed as the Best Error Message Ever: Being a deeply religious person, I figured that an error message this…ummm…ironic? apt? transcendant?…must be some kind of sign from the universe. At first I thought it might be a sign to stop using Microsoft software, but then I thought, hey, surely [...]

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For Lent, I’ve decided to give up reading about digital fasts

March 21, 2011

Gosh, how I love digital fasts. And Lent 2011 has given us a bumper crop of digital fasters who now find 40 days without Facebook (or Twitter) more profound and painful than a month without booze, TV or smokes. Well, if they can live without us for 40 days (sniff!) then we can live without [...]

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How I do it: Internet edition

March 14, 2011

“How do you do it?” This is one of my favourite questions, and I get it pretty regularly. It usually comes up when I refer to my kids — as in, how do you manage to parent two kids and have a career? Or it comes up when I make a reference to my occasional [...]

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Could you imagine life without Facebook?

February 21, 2011

Progressive Media Concepts recently posted an interesting question: What Would You Do If Facebook Shut Down Tomorrow? One I recovered from my blackout (it’s my body’s automatic self-defense mechanism when faced with the unthinkable) I read on, curious to hear PWC’s analysis: Moral of the story here is that so many people have developed such an [...]

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Addicted to Internet addiction

September 23, 2010

Thanks to Tonic for pointing me towards Mark Malkoff’s unusual retreat from supposed Internet addiction: by spending 5 days offline, in the bathroom. Malkoff’s stunt was clearly more relevant as fodder for his online videos that as an insightful investigation into Internet compulsion. If anything, it left me even more convinced that this whole flurry of [...]

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The Dirty Truth About Digital Fasts

September 2, 2010

Last year it was the staycation. This year it’s the digital fast. "How I unplugged" — from Twitter, from a…

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Your social media friends are your real friends

June 15, 2010

Diana Adams is one of a growing number of social media junkies who have experimented with taking some time off from the web. She describes “hitting a wall” with her social media use and online relationships, and taking 8 days off from the net so that she could put things in perspective. What’s refreshing about [...]

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Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Not addiction; dependency

June 7, 2010

Nicholas Carr has genius take on the conversation about “Internet addiction”: By dismissing talk of “Internet addiction” as rhetorical overkill, which it is, we also avoid undertaking an honest examination of how deeply our media devices have been woven into our lives and how they are shaping those lives in far-reaching ways, for better and [...]

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Tips for avoiding social media compulsion

June 3, 2010

Chris Brogan’s blog post, Your Blog is Not Your Job, contains some great tips on how keep blogging and social media from overtaking your primary work and focus. These include: Use an egg timer. If you’re going to venture out onto Twitter, time it. Keep a sticky note of your objectives in sight of your monitor. [...]

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