Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Curse You, Computer!

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend on the computer each day? Between work and social media, blogging, facebook, checking crap, and let's throw texting in there.... I'm willing to bet it's close to 75% of your waking hours. It's a bet, but I'll bet it's embarassingly close.

I'll state for the record that I'm tired of spending time on the computer. Before computers, we didn't spend all of our time in front of a typewriter, right? We sat down, did our work, and got on to the next thing. When the paper was read, we set it down, gave it to someone else, or wrapped it around a fish or two. In my unscientific opinion, I think our brains worked a lot better back then.

Sitting in front of a computer, checking one thing after another (sometimes updated, sometimes not), is damning oneself to an eternal, unproductive, boring present. Nothing is accomplished after those three hours of staring at your screen, throwing a rock into Lake Facebook, and hoping the fish jump at this non-culinary nugget. The watching, lurking, waiting.... throwing odd terms out there...all while getting tangled up in the weeds of google. I hate it.

But I don't hate the mini-notebook, that wonderful pocket-sized invention that allows us to track calories, make lists, jot down ideas in the middle of the night, and yes....log our time. Try logging how you spend all of your online time. Date, time, duration, and the sites you hit, and whether or not it had any value to you. The results of this experiment are sickening, in my opinion. And to think that we have generations among us who have never known it to be any different. Really.

1 comment:

  1. Is the time spent on the computer reading news, weather and sports, watching videos and catching up with friends really that different from Reading the paper, watching TV and talking with friends on the telephone? Just a different medium (or maybe a large).