I grew up with a computer in the house, and I like to use it. I can do everything on the internet and would be happy to do so most of the time. I met my husband and a lot my friends online. I chat with family and friends. I shop online, listen to music online, read books online, get the news online, and learn online. I use the computer to work from home, make Christmas gifts, organize my recipes, store photos, and keep a diary. The computer is part of my personal identity.
Joe calls my laptop my extra appendage, and he gets annoyed when I spend too much time using it. He is just enough older than me that he doesn’t get the whole technology thing. He’s never owned a computer. (Seriously. He had webtv when he lived on his own, but that was just a keyboard attached to his television.) His parents didn’t have gadgets and still don’t, and technology is not valued in their home. I, on the other hand, took entire college classeS on the philosophy of technology and its role in American society.
All this contemplating solves nothing. I have no profound conclusion, just a quandary. I guess part of being married.
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