Remember to Unplug

Updated on: by Miranda Grimm

In 2010 the average American spent 32 hours a month on the internet. I think it is safe to say those of us Working at Home spend that much a week on average. If you are working 20+ hours at your job online, then you add in personal time spent tracking your income, playing games on Facebook or chatting with your mother you can see how quickly we work at homers log online hours.

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Working at home is a lifestyle.

As contributing WAHA author, Erica Martin, told us: Our health depends on it. Our excessive time spent online can cause eye damage, carpal tunnel and can also cause headaches from focusing on the computer all day.

In fact, some recent studies show spending too much time in the Online Social Network Scene can cause Serious Mental Health Issues!    This totally explains half of my friend’s Facebook Wall Postings!


Let’s all be aware of the 5 signs it is time to let our screen savers do more work!


1. You have been a victim of the blackNEThole-

Ever gone online to quickly check your email or do a simple task before you enjoy your so called ‘life’ and when you were done you realized all of the clocks in your house moved forward by three hours?

No you were not abducted by aliens and no one is playing a prank on you. You were sucked into the blackNEThole. It may be time to unplug!

2. You have let your fingers do the talking-

If you have ever sat after a long day working online and realized you were ‘air-typing’ your thoughts– It IS time to unplug!  This is not a healthy thing to do in place of counting sheep either!

3. While having conversations (offline) you find yourself glancing around for the ‘like’ button.

If you have a like button mentally impressed into your brain, that you use quite often- Its possible Social Media has impacted your mental health!

4.  You have convinced yourself a Smartphone is the SMART thing to buy so you don’t have to feel so out of place every time you are not in the same room as your computer.

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It is time to unplug!!!

5. If every time someone uses your computer you begin to plan ways to ‘get rid’ of the evil disturbances interfering with your life- yeah it is time to step away, maybe contact a therapist.

May also be time to stop working from home .You should probably take this one seriously 😉


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January 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I will admit to Number 3 (and that’s all I will admit to). I wish there were Like buttons everywhere. I could get back home to my computer much faster if I could eliminate all of that stranger small talk by simply clicking Like and moving along. 😉

Miranda Grimm

January 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

bwahahaha Angie, First stage is denial… That’s all I’m sayin’


January 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I’m surprisingly not guilty of any of these! Phew, I feel better ^_^


January 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

That’s not to say I don’t spend way too much time online, but I’m always happy to get away from it when I’m not working.

Miranda Grimm

January 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I have a love/hate relationship with my computer. I love to get away but then when I am away I just dwell on things I want and need to do online! I need a LONG vacation- on a beach somewhere warm!


January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I need to unplug in a major way … sometimes I am disturbed by the amount of time I spend “plugged in.” I for sure need a vacation from it.

Lisa Mills

January 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I’ll admit to being guilty of #1 and #4. I know I spend way too much time online working. I so need a vacation.

Leisa Good

January 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

Awesome post! I am also guilty of #1 and #4. I also liked the pictures for this post.