Having said that, I'm starting to slowly re-evaluate (or am I slowly starting to re-evaluate?) my other needs - in particular my emerging semi-dependency upon internet interaction. That's probably overstating the situation somewhat; I actually find it very easy to do without the internet - for example when on vacation - and I get bored with looking at a computer screen within a short space of time. I must confess, however, to being far more concerned about being reachable (i.e. by my immediate family) by phone, but I consider that to be a practical thing. No, the internet interaction (usually through the medium of the dreaded Facebook) rears its head most powerfully in those quiet times, when I'm alone with my desktop computer (yes, I still use one - how old school, eh?) or my infuriating laptop (are all laptops fucking annoying or am I just buying crap?).
It's when I have checked my emails (in the fruitless hope of having been contacted by a breathlessly excited publisher who wants to publish my work in return for suitcases of cash) and scanned the news (the BBC website first, of course) that I normally open up Facecrack....sorry: Faceheroin....sorry: Facemeth....oh...well you know what I mean. That's when it gets me. The sudden need for conversation with people thousands of miles away grabs me by the testicles ( I really wish it would go for a less sensitive body part) and refuses to let go until I have had at least one 'chat' and read two or three dozen ludicrous threads of comments on articles of interest thrown up in my page feed.
This wouldn't really be a problem if the comments on Facebook didn't rapidly become examples of the most crass, brainless, bigoted and downright offensive opinions held by mankind - but they so frequently seem to do so. This means that I am effectively - on a daily basis - punching myself in the head with other people's stupidity. That's rather silly of me, because I have quite enough of my own stupidity, thank you. I'm pretty sure that reading the kind of crap that a distressingly large proportion of Facesmack users come out with is not doing me any good on an emotional level - which makes me wonder how it affects everyone else.
I need to try to wean myself off the comments that appear online - I've said this before (more than once, but it's my site so you're stuck with it), but I find that my natural curiosity/nosiness is a wild and untamed beast, and I am weak-willed when it comes to wondering what other people are thinking. I have to find a way to remind myself that much of what many people think is best categorized as shite. On the plus side, people all over the world continue to find new ways to be disappointingly lacking in insight and intelligence...