A week without Facebook. Should be simple, no?
Well, the damn site’s got me hook, line and sinker. It’s been clear to me for a long time that I waste far too much time browsing the web, reading articles, comments and Facebook updates. The general problem is the web, but Facebook is probably the site I return to more often than any other. Cutting out Zuckerbergville for a week should be interesting.
So much of the time I could spend on reading books and writing short stories and texts – and even playing games and watching movies – is wasted on the white noise of the Internet. I’m missing out. I’m missing out on good things, on things I want to do and things I want to learn.
But there are other issues as well. How does it affect us to constantly jump between nuggets of information on different websites and chat windows, and to be fed updates from Facebook and Twitter through smart phones whenever we’re out? I fear that losing the ability to focus for longer periods of time is becoming the plague of our generation.
We got the false belief that multitasking is a) efficient and b) possible.
I fear that this is having an enormous effect on us. Humans ability for longer periods of focus is not only important to perform well at work and in other arenas, but what will it do to our intellectual abilities if we lose it? If we cannot focus long enough to fully grasp a complex and demanding train of thought anymore, we become dangerous to both ourselves and the rest of civilization.
We waste so much of our lives on this crap.
The first day is almost over. So far so good. I really wanted to check Facebook this morning, but the urge seems to have died down during the day. More than a few times I’ve opened a browser to do something and instead entered the adress to Facebook, only to realize what I’m doing as the site begins to load – leading to a quick shutdown of the browser.