My new buddy and fellow blogger, Pauly D. writes about how his TiVo-dependency is screwing up his life. While it's great for obvious reasons [i.e. he never misses his favorite shows], the TiVo behavior has become habitual.
I find myself wanting to rewind live radio while I'm in the car, when I've missed what someone said. When my cell phone rings and I'm talking to someone (a live person), for a split-second I make a movement as if I was going to grab the remote and pause my live friend's babbling. I sometimes find myself saying "baloop-baloop" (which happens to be the sound of a TiVo remote quickly forwarding or rewinding through programming) when I want to hear part of a song or conversation again.
I don't have TiVo but I can relate to this behavior. With TV, stereo, cell phones and the computer, I'm all sorts of confused. Too often, all four are in use at the same time! Constant stimulation.
I often forget where I left my cordless phone in the apartment. Because of this, I've found myself searching for my phone while talking on the phone! One time I actually pressed the page-button on the cradle to locate my cordless phone. When the handset beeped in my ear, it also beeped in my friend's ear. Oops!
I've walked out of my house and driven away while talking on my home phone, shocked to lose connection so quickly. Oops!
During an Instant Message chat session, I've switched screen names to check email in other screen names. [thus, losing the session] Oops!
The boundaries are blurred between real life and online blogging:
During live conversations, I've actually said "EL-oh-EL" at least three times in my life. [that's three times too many].
I get frustrated when I come to the end of an article in a magazine, and I can't post a comment.
In public, I consider introducing myself as my screen name and follow-up with my URL.
I ask everybody, "Do you have a Blog?" God help those who say no! I might start my own religion. I believe!
I think I'm ready for TiVo now.