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to think I need a sabbatical from Mumsnet?

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Tortu Thu 02-Jun-11 11:24:02

I only found this website a couple of weeks ago, but since then I am shocked at the amount of hours I have wasted spent on here, fascinated by other people's lives. From staring with open-mouthed awe at the education section (as a teacher in a deprived area, I have NEVER met mums like you: 'How do I get my 11 year old child into Cambridge?'), to giggling at smut (licking out. Pah ha ha ha!) and general nosiness, I have easily spent the equivalent of a day here.

Yesterday, my MIL came over to babysit and give me time to study, but I bunked off and went to costa so I could read some more threads, furtively, like an addict.

Through my general reading, I've noticed that the same names post throughout the day and night, thus suggesting that they are on here permanantly. If I'm going to get anything done in my life, I'm clearly going to have to give up mumsnet again. How long do other people think they spend on here? What sections of your life have you given up?

worraliberty Thu 02-Jun-11 11:27:38

Blimey, I wouldn't give up any sections of my life to post on an internet forum.

I pop on in the day when I'm having a coffee or the kids are out...and at night when my DH is at work.

strandedbear Thu 02-Jun-11 11:28:45

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5318008 Thu 02-Jun-11 11:30:19

um

don't give up any part of your life and omg at wasting study time, blimmin eck

Tortu Thu 02-Jun-11 11:34:53

I'm clearly bingeing, aren't I? Hopefully I'll start getting bored of all my lurking soon.

I could give up watching re-runs of Grand Designs on 4OD (last week's addiction), which would free up quite a lot of time.

AgentZigzag Thu 02-Jun-11 11:36:22

I leave MN open if the computer's on, I'll have a nose about if DD2's asleep or if I see someone's blatently wrong and needs putting straight grin

<<impressed>> at the dedication of MNing and pushing the pushchair, you don't want to be missing anything stranded grin

MardyBra Thu 02-Jun-11 11:39:48

I think after a while you become more selective. I stay away from Relationships now because you get drawn in, and sometimes it feels a too voyeuristic to lurk and watch someone struggling with major problems. And after a while you've seen the same debates over and over, and realise that the atheists/religious posters will never agree and the debate will just go round and round in circles..... Ditto the FF/BF, private v state school, etc etc.

MardyBra Thu 02-Jun-11 11:41:15

Although for some reason I can never resist a good Bridezilla thread.

Tortu Thu 02-Jun-11 11:43:30

Delighted that some of Mumsnet royalty have deigned to reply to my thread.

<basking in glory>

<only encouraging my addiction, though>

MardyBra Thu 02-Jun-11 11:46:27

<glances round furtively to see who OP considers Royalty!>

LynetteScavo Thu 02-Jun-11 11:49:37

I would just like to point out that I rush around doing things in between posting.

I do not live here.

MardyBra Thu 02-Jun-11 11:52:09

I thought you lived on Wisteria Lane, Lynette.

MardyBra Thu 02-Jun-11 11:59:40

I'm also inexplicably drawn to commenting on complete strangers' baby names even though I'm well past the baby naming stage.

NotEnoughTime Thu 02-Jun-11 12:01:49

Hi Tortu

Mumsnet can be very addictive.

For me personally sometimes I can go days without posting (depending on whats going on in RL) and sometimes I get hooked into it for a few hours.

I also can get very upset and worried about some of the posters (mainly dv and/or alcohol situations) as they can be a little too close for comfort at times.

On the other hand I think this is a fantastic place to be able to ask for advice, hold handing or whatever you need at the particular time.

I was looking at some soft furnishings last night and I thought I must give Le Queen a call and ask her what she thinks. Then I remembered I dont actually know Le Queen! For a moment I thought she was a RL friend of mine blush

Actually maybe it is time for me to put down the laptop and step away from the computer!

BeerTricksPotter Thu 02-Jun-11 12:03:21

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BeerTricksPotter Thu 02-Jun-11 12:04:16

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usualsuspect Thu 02-Jun-11 12:06:06

I'm usually at work in the day

off this week ,which is why I'm on here in the day

I do sometimes read threads on the bus on the way to work though blush

TrinityIsAShreddingFatRhino Thu 02-Jun-11 12:07:04

I waste waaay too much time on here but I do see alot of people on here as my friends and I have met quite a few smile

good luck with not becoming completely addicted grin

LaurieFairyCake Thu 02-Jun-11 12:07:10

not given up anything - just have an Iphone that I can now read mumsnet while watching tv/supervising stuff smile

HerHissyness Thu 02-Jun-11 12:59:30

Mine mostly is WWWWIFNS... grin

Actually, I am barely here in person. I have a trained chimp to stand in for me most days, so that I am able to discharge my duties as mother to DS and get out and pay the bills. grin

I also do spend way too much time on here... at the expense of sleep mostly! I am away for the weekend though... will I survive? hmm

Argh, it'll all kick off on here over the weekend won't it now I'm not going to be here?!

Can someone please mark my place and hurl in a couple of "Leave the Bastard"s, a few "What a Twunt!" and a sprinkle of YANBU and a shed load of YABUs for good measure?

Look forward to returning on Monday and discovering the resultant chaos grin

Mouseface Thu 02-Jun-11 13:02:31

<snort at HerHissyness having a trained chimp> grin

BeerTricksPotter Thu 02-Jun-11 13:04:37

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CandyS Thu 02-Jun-11 13:09:02

Stupid pregnancy nausea means I've been on here alot this last week, can't watch tv without feeling a bit 'seasick', so it's the only thing I can do (other than reading) atm as I'm 'resting'

ATM, I spend something disgusting like 6 hours on the internet, but at least it means I can 'speak' to friends who've moved away. All change when I'm feeling better!

HerHissyness Thu 02-Jun-11 13:43:21

What? shock Couldn't you tell he was trained?

You didn't think he came up with it all himself did you? shock

Oh definitely Beertricks!, and don't spare the "And when you get there, Fuck the fuck off some more!" grin

glassofwhiteanybody Thu 02-Jun-11 14:03:28

Easy to spend too much time on here. I get hooked on the wedding posts.

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