August 26th, 2020

Sidetracked by social media

“[W]hat we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore—plays in defining the quality of our life.”
Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World


I realise, for the second day in a row, that I've chosen to write about something that's hardly new, less still revelatory. And likewise, it's an easy target.

We all know this right? 

Social media is (or can be) a fu*king waste of time.

Oh. Yes. It. Is.

It's a sinkhole, and one, very often, we can't escape.

But it occurred to me, as I lay awake at just after 4.30 am, how little time I'd spent looking at the alternative. What's that? Well, I might delete all profiles or stop opening them and/or sharing material, but the truth is I've got nothing else as compelling to hold my attention.

Now, I'm not sure if I should weep or be angry at that statement. I mean, surely my life isn't or shouldn't be defined by a bit of knob-twiddling, blog-sharing, or whatever else shows up between now and the end of my days? Perhaps there's no escaping it; or perhaps I shouldn't be so down on myself. It's part of life, right? 

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