1. How were you spending your time before you had a computer?
Drawing, painting, making things, decorating/maintaining the house, walking, photography, reading, listening to music, gardening, writing, spending time with people, visiting places, dreaming, thinking...
2. How much time each day do you spend looking at a screen? Do you know?
Around 5 hours a day. Some of it work-related, but mostly personal use. That feels too much for me.
3. Are you in control? Is it a tool? A habit? An addiction?
Not 100%. At best it's a tool/source of information, a platform for creativity and a means of communication/connection, but it has also become a habit in some ways. I'll automatically check emails etc on my phone in idle moments and I often give into the temptation to go online if I feel bored/tired... I'm not in addiction territory by any means but I can see how that happens to people. When I choose to have a day or week of internet/screen free time I don't miss it at all.
(I think it also helps that I stay away from social media - I'm not that sociable! - I don't like Facebook and refuse to have an account, I tried Instagram briefly last winter but didn't enjoy it, I set up a Twitter account for my work that I never use, and I don't even know what Snapchat is!)
4. How does it make you feel? What do you get from it? Positives/negatives...
It can be inspiring, comforting, interesting, creative, bonding... but sometimes it sucks the life out of me and I feel depleted, anxious, down, frustrated, lethargic, disconnected, unfulfilled, stressed... another aspect of life to keep track of, to maintain, to pay for...
It is incredibly useful for a lot of things, an amazing source of information and somewhere I've made good connections with people I wouldn't have known otherwise, but I can honestly say that the happiest times of my life have been the times when I've been or chosen to be computer and internet free.
5. Would the thought of no screens/no internet fill you with fear or joy? (Your first reaction, don't think too hard about it!)
Joy. And relief. Sometimes I yearn for that.
I still have a few things to say on this topic... tomorrow maybe. If you have anything to add or want to post your own answers please do...
(And yes I can see the irony of discussing this via a blog!)