Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Antidote for Computer Face

On Saturday, my brother Rob on the phone from England, asked me if we'd heard about, "Computer Face." I said "No," and "What is that?"

He explained that it's in the news over in England at the moment, the fact that people who stare at a computer for most of the day (that would include me) develop something called, "Computer Face."

Of course I wanted to know what that meant--my imagination was running rampant--and he said it's frown lines of concentration, and jowls. "Jowls??" I've got little ones forming. Maybe not so little, either! And all this time I thought it was to do with aging and now I find out it's Computer Face.

The antidote, apparently, is to have a mirror on the side of the computer, there to remind you to look up (and fight gravity) and not frown. A mirror on the side of my computer? I would never be able to concentrate on work again, not to mention scaring myself at odd moments. :)

I know of a better antidote for Computer Face; get a dog.I mean dogs make you smile; who can help it? They get ridiculously happy at the sight of you and go into throes of ecstasy at the mere hint of a walk; they are just plain funny.

 My friend Frances said that one of my blog posts about Molson reminded her of a Jane Siberry song, the one called, Everything Reminds Me of My Dog

I did as Frances suggested and looked up the lyrics to the song and they made me laugh. There was a line about reading the newspaper while her dog reads the wind, and another that asked: "What is it you want? Look at it. Do you want to go for a walk? Do you want a cookie?..."

That made me laugh too, when I thought about how it would look if people did that; just looked at what they want. Well, I guess we do that sometimes. :) But not like a dog does, with intense concentration!

Anyone reading this is obviously looking at a computer screen. Straighten up friends, stretch your neck and relax your brow, and look around for your closest friendly furry creature.


Dave Hingsburger said...

A mirror by the computer, I can't imagine doing such a thing! Quelle horror! I don't know but I don't think I'm a frowner ... but the good thing to learn is that I come by my jowls by working on the computer not because of a propensity towards apple pie. I knew, just knew, I was guiltless.

Susan said...

That's it. I'm getting another dog. I hope I can find a breed that doesn't shed or poop, but if I have to take that to get the rest, I sure will. :)

Now. How to break the news to Ron... Hmmm.

Brave Raven said...

This blog is a good cure for "computer face." This post sure made me laugh.

Belinda said...

Dave, I know, I know. Who knew that all along there was a REASON that we were totally unaware of for all of our ills!!!

Belinda said...

Susan, if a dog doesn't poop, nasty things happen. I thought you KNEW that! :) They hafta poop, but you can get non shedding dogs. :)

Belinda said...

Brave Raven,
You hit my sweet spot! We live to serve here. If we made you smile, Molson and me, I am happy, happy, happy!

patriciapaddey said...

Loved this, Belinda! Thank you!

Belinda said...

Patricia, thank you! Now watch out for that computer. :)

Angcat said...

Such fun!

My closest furry friend is sprawled like a king on my daughters bed. We like to think he's the family cat, but he really loves her best and likes to bite the rest of us, in a kittenish sort of way.

Hey Susan, there are are dogs that don't poop or shed, but they also don't bark or snuggle or go for walks. My son has a whole pile of these stuffies on his bed.


Not quite the same though.

Belinda said...

Ang, funny, we vie for who is Molson's favourite too. There are several of us in our household, who secretly think that we are! Ha ha!