merrily, merrily...This is not an advertisement for Apple. It's a confession. I got my iPad five years ago and at first, didn't use it much. Then we had to camp out for a summer where there was a spotty wifi and I could keep in touch with friends and my adult kids.
It's insidious. At first, all I did was message my kids, email my friends and occasionally check or post on Facebook. Then it was impossible to have the print edition of the paper delivered. I got an e-subscription. The library added two e-book sources; Net flix is inexpensive. Gradually and not so gradually, I spent more and more time scrolling. In our small town, there is no re-hab for scrolling addictions. I fear the withdrawal if I have to go cold-turkey. Even when we're camping, there's the hotspot feature in my phone. It's tough but I have managed with just that. Except there is one lake where, gasp, there is no phone signal unless you climb the hill or drive away from the shore. Alone with my own thoughts? Or books that I have to actively read? No visual stimulation? Partly funny, partly pathetic.
I tell myself I am "keeping up with the news." Right, that would be true if I read the articles and refrained from sharing another darling dog meme or video. The one positive note? I am sure my near-vision is returning...I can see without my reading glasses to text, etc. Vision in the distance has suffered, though.
Sigh. Perhaps I do have to sign into rehab.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.