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Why I’m online so much

Anyone who has talked to me or even Googled my name (or screen name “porcupiny”) will find tons of info about me – what I like, who my friends are, photos I’ve taken, etc. I’m probably online more than anyone I know, but I’m not that normal of a person. I am actually comfortable sharing about who I am and what I do. Potential employers are probably worried that I share too much, but the fact is that I do have a strong separation between my work and personal life – not so much because I want to, more so because I haven’t found a workplace that I can call home and that I want to make lots of friends at. This is due to the fact that many of my recent jobs have been contract and project based due to me being new to the fields of web design and development.

I have a lot of good close friends and a lot of acquaintances that I’ve made in social settings like work, school, church, etc. I am a bit picky about who I choose to keep in touch as anyone should be. I enjoy music and art, so I’m naturally drawn to writers, artists, and musicians – any creative types who like to express their creativity in more than just work. These are the people who inspire me and these are the people I enjoy being around. I don’t have a lot of direct contact with a lot of them, which is another good reason for me to use online methods like social networks to meet and keep in touch with them. A lot of my good close friends who I enjoy going to concerts with do not live that close to me and I do my best to keep in touch that way. I find even people who live near me are often too busy to just chat on the phone anytime, which is why I do my best to email them every so often.

Initially, using the internet was an anonymous experience for me to just search for and find information. I was a lot younger when I first started using the internet, so anonymity was probably better for my own protection. Technology has changed and everything has gotten more personal. Have a cell phone that has email and internet has totally changed how I keep in touch with friends and family. In fact, I’d rather keep in touch with friends more now that I do have a smartphone to do that with.  I think as we get older and smarter, so does the internet. When you’re young and stupid, you have to protect yourself more. Once you grow up and understand that not everyone can be trusted and not everyone knows what they’re talking about, then you can open up and find out what’s really going on.  Variety is the spice of life, but for me, it is a variety of friends and music that will keep my life fun and interesting. Work is still a means of earning a living, rather than a way to express myself. I hope to find that one special workplace that will allow me to make friends and be part of something greater than myself.

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