I think I will swear off Facebook. What does FB get me? Not a lot. I get to find out what everyone is doing, but I’m not sure I need to know that. It also makes me lazy. I could be blogging, but instead there is this enticing little window that lets me put in a single sentence.
I hate the internet.
Well no, I don’t, obviously, but I do hate how it’s dumbed us down a lot. I deal with people on a daily basis who are without internet, and for who internet (like many of us, I’m sure) is an addiction more than a service. We have to have internet. Why? To do stuff.
We’re now in a generation of short attention spans and even shorter, bite sized updates. Screw this. I’m going back to blog posts and emails. So for me, personally, I think I’m downsizing my internet. Or rather, I’m going to chop back FB to the occasional check, maybe on a daily basis. It’s data I can do without.
Every writer knows that the internet is the bane of our productivity. Downsizing is one less distraction.
Ironically, this realization comes with a new cellphone. I am now in the modern world when it comes to connectivity. Finally I have a phone that can do what everyone elses can. I can connect to my wireless and I can use mobile data. I have a decent screen, and can do all sorts of cool stuff.
Mostly I use it to check email.
Think less of it as a phone, and more of it as the net in the palm of my hand I was told. When I made that shift, I found myself discovering all manner of cool things. Google Maps on the go is fun. Also, the ability to overlay a map with Wikipedia links to all the main points of interest is cool, albeit useless in a practical sense. The ability to take a photo and send it directly to a person I’m talking to online is cool.
And then there’s the fact I can play all my favorite old Commodore 64 games on it (geek).
But for all the things I can do, it’s more a matter of what I actually do. Which is next to nothing. Other than checking a few pages now and then and updating myself on news, that is. Here’s to less clutter and a new way of things. Hopefully.
Maybe without my big blue friend I can do more in the way of posting blog posts …