It seems like everyone nowadays has a Facebook account, Twitter handle, StumbleUpon account, LinkedIn page, Pinterest boards, YouTube account, Tumblr blog and more. We wake up to a crazy amount of notifications from all of the social media portals we immerse ourselves in. The question is, how did we get here? How did we get to a place where the most important thing is our profile on social networking sites? The even bigger question is: why can’t we get off Tumblr? This addiction to the internet must have started somewhere. Thankfully we have already debunked the ways your internet addiction started.
We want to help you, so we are going to try to trace back your possible steps. Now, this probably won’t make you spend less time watching cat videos, reblogging pretty pictures on Tumblr or desperately trying to get your favourite celeb to tweet you , but we will at least be able to identify just what type of addict you are, and where it all started.
NEOPETS: Online Shopping
So I’m pretty sure all of our Neopets are dead now or at least on the verge of starvation. Neopets had games, shopping, and the possibility to adopt endless amounts of cute pets. If you want to go back even further this may stem from your parents refusing to buy you pets, but that’s a different story. While playing Neopets, you realized how easy it is to shop online (uh oh) and that if you play more games, you get more money. Neopet currency may help feed your cute pet, but it will not help you sustain your current online shopping habit.
STARDOLL AND OTHER ONLINE DRESSUP GAMES: Fangirling Tumblrbots
I for one spent hours on websites like iDressup, Stardoll, Millsbury, and oh so many more. Think about this: playing dress-up games definitely reeled us into the world of the internet style permanently. To maker matters worse (or better) a lot of websites offered dress-up games where you were dressing (and undressing) dolls modelled after celebrities. This definitely continued (or started) our obsession with celebrities and creating Tumblr accounts dedicated to our personal faves.
DISNEY CHANNEL GAMES: Online Streamers
Playing Disney Channel games secured your future as an internet and television addict. So many of us lived on the Disney Channel website trying to help Kim Possible save the world, help Stitch’s brother Rueben make sandwiches and help Raven sort out her visions (that was the hardest game). Our early love of television shows has lead us to stream seasons of Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones in a night.
MSN: Texting Addict with Symptoms of an Subtweeter
If you were an instant messaging robot in elementary school, you are now probably the person that’s always glued to their phones. The concept of messaging people and getting a (usually) instantaneous response has moved to online conversations to texting. You probably check your phone every few minutes to see if you got a message, and don’t take longer than five minutes to respond. You probably also get really mad when you see your message was delivered and read, and the person has not messaged you back yet. Also, remember how a lot of people had melodramatic MSN statuses? I’m talking either a really depressed song lyric or something along the lines of, “now I know who my real friends are.” They are now your Facebook statuses.