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I Never Play on the Internet -- I Work

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Right now I really should be picking up the wrapping paper, taking down the Christmas decorations, or mowing something, but instead, I'm "working on the internet."

That's what we guys say when it comes to being on the internet we're "working on it." We don't play, we don't message, and we wouldn't Google ourselves if our lives depended on it. We work, and we do so because it's expected of us and because it's the only thing that will get us out of putting away those silly Christmas lights that go into the box all rolled up, but will mysteriously come out a jumbled mess next December.

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Some people say that the internet is nothing more than a great place to do a lot of nothing while giving the appearance of doing a lot of something. I'd probably agree, but I don't think it would be a wise thing for me to do at this time seeing that I'm trying to get out of rolling up those lights.

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So let me reiterate what I've alluded to before: Whenever I'm on the internet, like I am right now, I'm always working. As a matter of fact, at this very moment I'm working on where to buy a pair of Yukon Charlie's Trail 930 Snowshoes (you never know when they'll come in handy), how I can justify the expense (I can't, but that's never stopped me), and where I can hide them so nobody will know I have them (I think I'll try right out in the open where no one will think of looking).

The problem most people get into while working on the internet comes from following links. Links are highlighted words or phrases that lead a person away from the job at hand to other destinations that, even though they may look enticing, steer a person down the path of certain doom and destruction. For instance, consider the example of James and Doris Westerfield, an ordinary American couple living in an ordinary American town:

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James is sitting at his computer desk, mired in business reports and electronic financial ledgers, while Doris is elbow deep in unclogging a toilet. Let's listen in as Doris passes James' desk.

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Tracy Farr lives in East Texas with his wife and three children -- and some goats. He is a member of NSNC, is the columns editor for the site Nights And Weekends, and writes a weekly column which appears in local newspapers and websites.

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