Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Why Moms Are Addicted to the Internet
It's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, then it's the last thing you do at night. No, it's not brushing your teeth. For many moms, it's checking their e-mail, social networking pages, blogs, message boards or all of the above.The Internet can be a fun, social and educational outlet, but as we would monitor our kids' Internet use, so should we monitor our own. New moms are particularly susceptible to Internet addiction, as they sometimes sit at home for months on end, feeling isolated, overwhelmed and craving adult interaction. Other moms may use the Internet for "productive" purposes - shopping, paying bills, socializing, uploading photos or seeking advice - sometimes at the cost of tasks like paying attention to the kids, tidying up or throwing in that load of laundry. It's not the biggest deal, of course, but at its worst, Internet addiction can come with some harmful behaviors, such as not eating, showering or taking pills to stay up and online.