#randomprose: On Blogging and Distractions

I love the present. This age of technology is wonderful, no matter how many haters are out there and how much critique the technosphere gets on a daily basis. Let’s talk about the pluses, K? There are plenty:

  • Learning
  • Sharing
  • Blah blah you now how great our major human kind revolution is to figure the rest out. People watch more cat videos than they do learning about the world around them.

Don’t get me wrong: I truly appreciate the greatness of today’s age and try to get the most of it, while contributing to it as well (because I don’t want to be an info-blood-sucker, by any means), but…. Did you notice there is always a “but”?

There are way too many distractions when you’re online. Imagine, you want to do your little thing, and instead you browser invites you to visit a new super-awesome blog. Or a new photography site. Or check one of your multiple mail boxes. Or, if your heart skips a beat when you see the word SALE, it becomes a whole new story. Luckily, I’m not really into shopping, so that saves me at least an hour a day. I know people who browse without buying for hours. Perhaps, working in eCommerce has more benefits it seems to offer at first. That’s where the biggest online trap is hiding: Social Media.

Have you lived a day without:

  • Checking your Facebook feed
  • Posting on Twitter / Instagram / Tumbler
  • Checking Pinterest boards
  • Blogging, for goodness sake!

Well, that last one, should not necessarily be considered a “social media” engagement. I don’t do it daily either. When it comes to other accounts, they are so inviting! Although I am not a teenager and don’t spend all my time online, I do get to break off from work to see a few updates. Plus, I don’t allow social media to pull me in every time there is an update — I turn my notifications off and check everything manually, but it is addictive.

On top of that, there is Skype! I almost forgot about it but Skype alone can take a decent chunk of your life — messages from long distance friends, calls, video chats — you name it. When you’re ready to go online and write something, or research a topic you’ve been uncertain about, your friendly Social Media knights are there.

Named after Mass Media, which I have such trouble accepting as a reliable source of information, Social Media definitely gained its influence over the last couple of years. My main addictions are Instagram and Facebook. How do you waste your precious lives??

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