…addicted to the computer device Age?…who, me?… Author Tess Karlinski nails it…

…speaking with all my communication cards on the table, yes, I’ll ‘fess up… this ol’ Jurassic can hardly go to the washroom without at least the Monster Martinet Mobile Phone, or the Big Bad Bully Blackberry… of course, I can control that at any time, right, Mabel…right?… right?… well, here’ s my pal, Author Teresa (Tess) Karlinski and, truth be known, I think she speaks on behalf of gazillions of us …enjoy…


The Dream Team

by Teresa (Tess) Karlinski

The Internet and all our electronic devices rule our lives. Don’t they? Computers, laptops, phones, tablets, iPods, iPads, tablets etc. [deep breath] are no longer luxuries or mere toys. We are addicted and no longer know how to live without them. Think about it.

Computers and Laptops

I started with a desktop computer, added a printer soon after, and then a scanner. They’re handy now and again. When my laptop decides to do its own thing, I suffer the slow desktop. In the past week or so, my laptop has stuck its tongue out at me by flashing the dreaded blue screen. The first time, I gawked, horrified, and rushed to beg at the altar of the Geek Squad. The next time, I pulled the plug and battery, counted to ten and was up and running again—but for how long? In between the blue screens, I’ve dashed back and forth to the computer store three times because OneDrive refused to synchronize with the laptop.

I bought the laptop for convenience and portability. The real truth is the Internet signal is poor where my (slower) desktop is stationed. Money grows on trees, right? No problem.

IPad Mini

I recharged my iPad during the recent Spring / March Break. It was juiced at 100% but didn’t look the same. Hello flashed on the screen. What? Had my devices conspired behind my back and this, my thanks, for treating them well? They dare revolt against me? Terror struck when I thought of all the lovely books stored on my iPad on Kindle, most of which I haven’t yet read. How can I keep up my reading when my devices are taking up all my time. Thank goodness my 11-year-old granddaughter ‘fixed’ it in two seconds after she finished with her social media. That’s right, Grandma had to wait in line.

Cell Phone

Notice I didn’t call it an iPhone or anything fancy because I don’t know the difference. I’m happy to have purchased a Samsung Galaxie for emergencies. What if I get lost, you know? My previous cell phone had a little stub of an antena (ugly), was too small, and the teeny numbers and my glasses didn’t see eye-to-eye. I have it for emergencies as well, but I wanted something bigger and flashier. The new one should—but hasn’t—replaced my home digital cordless phone, which I don’t often use either.


Don’t get me started on how I keep track of all the crazy passwords. Several times I’ve had an incorrect login. You know the feeling. Sweat gushed out of me like a river in a storm— till I checked my Password Directory. You know the one, right?

Social Media

The few labels I know are: Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest and so on. More passwords. More entertainment. More people to meet and greet. I belong to three, but have trouble keeping up.


Yes, I’m invested in blogging as well. You see where this is leading? We are slaves to the electronic age and social media, and loving it. We’re the Dream Team and can’t conceive of doing anything without these fascinating inventions. We’ve been spoiled.

What If

Remember the blackout of the Northeastern seaboard in 2003? It could happen again. What then? It’s easy to whine when our devices get pouty one piece at a time. What if a catastrophe hit and the Internet and all the gadgets it loves go down? Could happen. We’re better prepared than twelve years ago, but the vulnerability still exists. Mother Nature has tossed us all kinds of vicious and unexpected weather patterns of late. Maybe she hasn’t finished lashing out yet. I wouldn’t bet on it. We are at risk because not all electrical wiring is buried and she has the ace.

Are we too comfortable with our new-fangled acquisitions? Could we adapt if all these were taken away? Could you?

…thanks for a great post, Tess… well, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land…could yeez survive?…I know what my answer is…

…catch up with Tess here :

blog: how the cookie crumbles




…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!




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58 responses to “…addicted to the computer device Age?…who, me?… Author Tess Karlinski nails it…

  1. I have the terrible idea I’d have four fingers and a nub on each hand without my computer/laptop/tablet/phone as there would be so much thumb twiddling it would be like rubbing two sticks together for a boy scout.

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  2. I now have cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve damage) from being on my laptop so much. Tests will be done soon if I need surgery. All I know is my almost 24/7 computer use (software analyst by day, blogger by night!) has done me damage! Not that I don’t see your posts Seamus, but I have to limit my typing now. But a great share about how much we are on these infernal much-needed devices!

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  3. Thanks Tess and Seumas for this amusing and informative piece. I seem to work longer hours at my computer now than when I was actually a wage earner. I used to wear a wrist watch, but now carry a cell phone. I bought a Kindle because I’ve run out of shelf space. 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on How the Cookie Crumbles and commented:
    I have the unique pleasure of visiting the fabulous author of the Violin Man’s Legacy. This is what transpired.

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  5. Great post, Tess. I read a book that I recommend called ‘Station Eleven’ when due to illness and death of a large part of the population all these gadgets become useless and they collect them in a museum… A very sobering thought. I’m not surprised at the health problems…

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  6. I’m delighted, and pink with pleasure, to guest post here today, Seumas. See me blush? Thanks so much for this fun opportunity. You are an entertaining fellow. ❤

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  7. Tess, my heart went cold on the weather shut down scenario. I’m sure I would start screaming. Nice Job. Thanks Seumas for the guest slot.

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  8. I started with a (ahem) desktop publisher, b/c it made sense for work. NEVER wanted that (or any device). Or the desktop Hunny bought us. Or the Dino-phone. Or my first laptop. (Okay, by the time he upgraded me to the second, I handled it better.) .Finally folded and took over Older Son’s iPhone 4–I had arrived, right? Hubby got me the 6 for Christmas.

    I’ll pick up more of this in a future post at my place. Thnx, Tess and Seamus, for inspiring me!

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  9. So much of our lives require computers, phones, iPads, etc.–both professionally and personally. It can be difficult to escape. The thought of them all crashing at once is enough to induce palpitations. Hmm, must go confirm I have everything backed up now…

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  10. Fabulous blog Tess it is a frightening thought , no electricity that would be scary.
    I am addicted to my phone, my laptop and Kindle. Not to mention cooking , refrigeration TV …. I better stop now I am getting scared

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  11. Thinking of how evolution of the species changes us from time to time, I foresee a time when our vocal chords have become vestigial structures, our fingers have more joints, and our thumbs becomes smaller and more flexible. Technology….the bi**h we hate to love. My husband hid my tablet until he realized it was that or me on my phone or the desktop – checking my emails – very important emails. I abhor FB and blame it for the fall of notes, pictures being sent (or emailed) directly to grandparents, and the further enabling of the need to be constantly connected to each other. I foresee a time when we are all tethered together with chords and/or have receivers implanted so we all know everything everyone else knows and always never have the hell of not hearing someone’s thoughts 24/7. BTW: the word apocalypse does not mean destruction as in Zombie Apocalypse. It comes from the Greek word meaning uncovering/revealing of knowledge. The new spin on the word, meaning the end of the world comes from misunderstanding of the word. Tess is a dear, intelligent soul and I am so glad she is featured on your site. She is a true lady with much moxie.

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  12. yup – Tess definitely nailed it! Described my current relationship with all my devices perfectly. I’ve given up pretending who is in control.

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  13. I love Tess, she’s written a great guest post Seumas!

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  14. Great post..and spot on! I don’t know what I’d do if my laptop decided to kick the bucket. Get a new one, yes of course 😉 It’s backed up on two external hard drives – can’t be too careful. And I really don’t need an iWatch..do I? Just kidding 😀

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  15. Exist? Yup, but I’d be happier if all of my high tech stuff was in tip-top shape and the power didn’t go out. OK, I am addicted! 🙂

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  16. You conveniently skipped Chromebooks–under $200, only internet, but pretty gosh darn dependable. OneDrive should always work on them.

    Great post. I laughed and cried with you, all the while nodding my head.

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  17. Kev

    Thanks for having the great Tess on your blog Seamus! Boy, can I relate to a lot of this… passwords, blue screens… Gadgets n Gizmos! I do think they they conspire against us sometimes! 😀 Loved this post Tess, and you know how I have recently related to some of this myself. 😀 Still getting used to my newly acquired Mac with lots of work to catch up on, never mind starting over on some projects… Bloody things! 😀

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  18. I remember actually starting a publishing company in the days before I had a computer!!!! Hard to believe it now. Everything was written in long hand. My manuscripts, ledgers, invoices, bookkeeping so on. How did I ever survive????

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  19. I’m on the computer more than I care to admit. I justify this by saying to myself: “Hey, at least I don’t check my phone while on the toilet.”

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  20. OMG That made me laugh. i am so addicted. All of my work and all of my entertainment – or much of it – is on my devices. If they upped and disappeared i don’t think I’d live through the withdrawl. But Spring is coming and it is time to start thinking about my garden. I HATE winter and I’ve been hibernating in my jammies for 3 months!

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  21. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    In case you missed this great post by Tess 😀

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  22. Fabulous post Tess! Nice to see you shared here. Oh, and yes, I know all about the password book. If I happen to be out and get locked out of one of my social media sites on my cell phone, sans password book, I’m SOL. And oh, btw, love the earrings girl! 🙂

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  23. Great post! We laugh sometimes when our daughter are here, and all four of us are on our computers (often it is doing work–it’s not that we’re ignoring one another).
    I definitely spend more time on various devices, but I also remember all the notes I took by hand on index cards while working on my dissertation, and sending actual pages to publishers. I remember how worried I was when I’d send the one-copy of the page proofs off. Being able to send things electronically definitely makes life easier.
    I also love being able to stream a show from Netflix and onto the TV.:)

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  24. Too funny, Tess! Love the way you think! I am terrified at the idea that I would be without any of my technology! I walk around with my iPad in one hand and my Samsung S4 in the other. I also have a Nook! Writing everything and talking on the phone are nightmares to me! Lol! I am so spoiled! Blessings & hugs!

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  25. Well I am impressed at the level of technical know how that everyone lists!


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