cyberspace from home, you probably spend most of
your time pursuing activities that are just for fun. As you start getting
connected, you may find that you want to spend more and more time in
cyberspace. You may find yourself spending less time with your family.
If you're a teenager, both you and your family may consider this an
advantage. But, in many cases, your family will decide it wants you
What to do about this? First of all, never let the computer replace
human interaction. Sure, networks are a substitute for face-to-face conversation. We've used substitutes like that for a long time; that's why
writing was invented. But even with letters, telephones, videoconferences, and email, we still fly across the country for a meeting occasionally. And you owe your family at least the same courtesy you give your
Try to schedule your online time for when others in your family are
doing something else. For example, if you live with a sports fan but you
can't tell the Bills from the Cowboys, the Superbowl is a great opportunity for some heavy net interaction.
If you're a student, you can always claim to be doing your homework.
If you live with your parents, chances are good they'll never figure out
what you're up to. Roommates are more likely to catch on, especially if
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