Heather Reyes, 59, is embracing technology with all of her fingers. She gamely agreed to fill us in on her "addiction."


 

Heather Reyes, 59, of Marshfield, Mass., is embracing technology with all of her fingers. She gamely agreed to fill us in.

With 195 friends on Facebook, would you call yourself a junkie?


I am an Internet junkie. Not just on Facebook - Newser, Twitter, Stumble and a whole cyber-universe of wasted hours. I would rather be at my computer reading, writing and connecting more than just about anything else. There’s such a rich wealth of interesting things out there – it’s like an intellectual high that’s hard to unplug from.


You are 59 and retired, you have three grown children and a grandchild on the way. When and how did you discover this - shall we call it - addiction?


It was very subtle. My “addiction” really stems back years. In one of my last positions, I worked in a home office and everything was connected to my company’s corporate office in Texas. … I worked from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and everything I did was over the Web: my proposals, building my networks, finding customers - everything.


I just heard the “ding” of a computer in the background. Time to confess: How many hours a day do you spend online?


I’m not telling! Let’s just say my computer is always on, 24 hours a day, and it’s just a beautiful hop, skip and a jump from my airy office to my bedroom.


You recently went through some trauma in your life, which you later wrote about on your Facebook page; your computer router was out for two whole days.


You noticed that! It was like my whole body rebooted. I was disconnected. I refused to go to any crazy lengths to try to figure out how to reconnect, because I was enjoying it. I felt so good about myself - I got things done, I was productive.


We probably should mention that you quickly found a work-around. I noticed your next post was from your cell phone.


(Laughter). Oh, who am I kidding?


Do you end up logging more hours than your kids? And what do they think of having a mom who is so plugged in?


I definitely exceed them. I think they find that annoying or embarrassing. My kids tend to have this love/hate relationship with me. They seem to think I’m eccentric, so they make fun of me to everyone, with this heart full of love for me. It’s a strange thing.


There are other baby boomers who aren’t so keen on this newfangled technology. What would you like to say to them?


(Laughter). I have said things to them! And it doesn’t do any good. I’ve told them it’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s a wonderful way to feel connected to the world we live in now. It’s intimidation of technology - my generation is very intimidated.


Any advice for when - or if - they finally take the plunge?


You have to decide, what’s your priority: Are you going on there to be yourself, or are you going on there to be somebody’s mother? I’m using it more and more now as my own avatar, my own entity.


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