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Do you remember the first time you went online? I remember perfectly the very first time I encountered this Internet thing. I typed the name of what I was looking for directly into the address bar and was shocked and surprised to find that all that came up was a shopping site. 

This was back in 1996. I was eight. My dad had an Internet connection at work and had dumped me in front of a computer to keep me occupied while he did, you know, all that stuff that adults do at work that is so boring for children.
 
I gave up on the Internet as an extended junk mail and went back to playing with my Barbies. Little did I know, only a few years later, I would be facing what some might consider an addiction. 
 
Hi, my name is Tallulah and I'm an Internetholic.
 
My addiction started as slowly as a Stephen King novel, and soon spread to take up every aspect of my life. Sound familiar? Perhaps the reason so many of us find ourselves addicted to this relatively new medium is because the Internet also started slowly, like any good novel, giving us little tidbits of what we wanted, background info we needed. And then suddenly we found ourselves in the heart of the action – the dot com bubble burst, social networking came into being, we were offered tools for everything - from managing an online business to finding a date, even for making new friends. It's scary and it's exciting and it's exactly what I will be talking about in this bi-weekly column. 
 
The Internet is no longer just a medium for getting email or performing our jobs (or, indeed, shopping). It has found its way into our lives, slowly becoming an integral part of who we are. If you think you're immune, consider this: the news stories that you hear on the radio or watch on the television were probably researched online. Next time you go for a job interview, your prospective employer will most likely Google you (80% of companies in the US do according to Erik Qualman's Socialnomics). And if you're still in the dating game... well things become much more interesting when your date can get a full low down on what you're interested in before you even meet. 
 
Whether you're a junkie like me or what the gaming crowd 'affectionately' refers to as a n00b (inexperienced newbie), the Internet has an impact on you and hopefully this column will too.
 
If there's something specific you'd like to see in this column then tweet me @ITWeb or send me an email with your comments: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Tallulah is social media manager for ITWeb.co.za and a self-confessed Internet junkie. When cut off from the net she hides in her room drawing, watching movies, reading or making up fantastical stories that might one day make her famous. She likes long conversations, long walks on the beach and your feedback (no matter how long). Contact her on Twitter (@tally1302), here (tally) or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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