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Amani
Jul 5, 2004, 12:36 PM
about being on the computer too much? If you do, how do you address the intrusion:

1. get off the computer

2. ignore the nagging

3. stay on longer

Other solutions? (my family is getting on my nerves! lol)

themadchemist
Jul 5, 2004, 12:44 PM
2. ignore the nagging

JesseJames
Jul 5, 2004, 01:05 PM
Put on long black trenchcoat and dark sunglasses. If bothered jump up into the air in a flying crane fighting position, hold it... then kick person in the face.
If they come at you, dodge their blows by bending backwards at impossible angles as fast as you can.

Neserk
Jul 5, 2004, 01:08 PM
We have 2 'puters so we both spend a lot of time on them :o

In my defense I'm not playing. This is acutally educational. I'm reading and writing :D

I spend a lot more time on it when I'm on a break than when I'm in school (as teacher and student)!

wordmunger
Jul 5, 2004, 01:10 PM
I generally get off the computer when other people are around. Family comes first.

King Cobra
Jul 5, 2004, 01:20 PM
I mentally tell those naggers to kiss my ass while I get in a word here and there online. I only choose to do [1] if I find myself bored online or I'm waiting for something to download. [2] doesn't work with me. So I rebel with more online activity. (Sometimes if certain people piss me off, I enjoy pissing them off back.) Of course, it could only get worse (better) if you just finished your summer class like I did.

wdlove
Jul 5, 2004, 01:29 PM
It's only my wife and I at home. My dogs just enjoy being in the room with me while I'm on the computer. I fortunate in that my wife doesn't nag me. Since she has a PowerBook she spends a lot of time on the computer also.

Amani
Jul 5, 2004, 10:02 PM
Now that I've gone wireless, I can be a part of family while also being on the computer. But sometimes I just have to turn it off. What's the point of being a part of a family if you don't spend time with them. (The computer and net though can often times be more interesting. :))

Neserk
Jul 5, 2004, 10:05 PM
What's the point of being a part of a family if you don't spend time with them.

That is what 11 pm -7 am is for! Snuggle time! :p

MarkCollette
Jul 6, 2004, 12:07 AM
My ex-girlfriend had a simple way of dealing with me being on the computer too late, without her having to nag me. She would go to bed and fall asleep. Thus, I would miss out on any romance that night.

When times were good between us, the risk of that was sufficient for me to quickly get off the computer, and spend more time with her. When times were bad, I noticed that I just didn't care. And when times were even worse, I'd stay up on the computer just so she would have to fall asleep alone.

Obviously, looking back, I know that I should have spent that time trying to work out our problems, instead of using the computer as a crutch to avoid them. Maybe then things wouldn't have degenerated so far that I felt I had to leave.

virividox
Jul 6, 2004, 01:49 AM
depends on what im doing if im woriking ill normally ignore it but if im playing ill get off, but if its important to my friends or family i will normally get off

Nermal
Jul 6, 2004, 03:32 AM
I get nagged when using XP. I get nagged *by* XP. Please activate within the next 3 days. :eek:

Awimoway
Jul 6, 2004, 03:43 AM
I don't get nagged. I do get subtly guilt-tripped (Sweet, coaxing voice of my dulcet wife: "Your family misses you," "What's so interesting that you're spending all this time in there while you're family is out here?" and so on). And most of it is deserved. Depending on my mood, I will do any of the 3 choices you listed. Or I will go wireless with my iBook. But I much prefer the speed and screen size of my PowerMac-Cinema Display.

Probably the most important thing is to plan ahead. Plan to spend time with the family. Recognize that the computer sucks you in and the hours fly by. Use the computer when they're sleeping, out, using their computers, etc.

Actually, it cuts both ways in my house. My wife and kids are TV-aholics, and I am not. I rarely like what they're watching (reality shows, nauseating health shows, and sappy soap opera-type stuff for the wife, cartoons for the kids). I would tote the iBook or a real book into the family room more often if I could stand the fare they watch. But some of it is so obnoxious I don't even want to be in the same room. We love each other very much, but we're all kinda different.

MacDawg
Jul 6, 2004, 07:15 AM
Alas... (1) I just get off... try to keep the peace.

I get, "what are you doing down there (basement)"... to which I reply "looking at porn" :p

I'm not really, so I guess I shouldn't say that... maybe she wouldn't nag so much about it!

She isn't very computer savvy at all, so she doesn't "get it" when it comes to being online, etc. I on the other hand have been online since the early days of command line bulletin boards, even before CompuServe came along.

Sometimes I think my computer is my best friend...

Mr. Anderson
Jul 6, 2004, 07:34 AM
It all depends on what I'm doing. If I'm just playing around, I'll get off - because there are so many things that need to be done. But if I'm working, I'll continue until its a good time to take a break and then go see what needs to be taken care of. It also depends on what's happening - but in general, being on the computer, watching tv, etc. are all things that can waste time - best to try and avoid getting nagged and don't try and get upset.

And it works both ways :D

D

caveman_uk
Jul 6, 2004, 08:27 AM
I don't get nagged though I'm quite good about controlling my time myself. To be honest I've got a desktop (G4 MDD PM) and a laptop (G3 ibook) and use the desktop mostly only for 'heavy lifting' tasks - imovie, iDVD, photoshop, programming etc. If I'm just surfing I do it on the laptop on the sofa(couch). Therefore my wife gets to see me most of the time and if I'm upstairs on the PM I'm actually doing something useful ;)

Roger1
Jul 6, 2004, 12:35 PM
That is what 11 pm -7 am is for! Snuggle time! :p

If all wives were like you :p seriously, I don't usually get nagged at when I'm on the computer.

Occasionally I will nag at my wife though. Especially if I have just spent all day working around the house (paint, drywall, construction) while she is playing online games. I DON'T want to hear that she is too busy or tired to make me dinner. :mad:

rueyeet
Jul 6, 2004, 01:58 PM
Fringe benefits of living alone: Never getting nagged about being on the computer too much (or anything else, for that matter).

Side effects of active social life: Practically no time at home to actually spend on the computer. :p

MarkCollette
Jul 6, 2004, 03:24 PM
Fringe benefits of living alone: Never getting nagged about being on the computer too much (or anything else, for that matter).

Side effects of active social life: Practically no time at home to actually spend on the computer. :p

I fully agree. But there is the little issue that almost anywhere you go, outside of your home, costs money.

Thank god for outdoor parks! :)