Thursday, September 6, 2012

Franzen Would Be Proud

Excellent article on Business Insider about how Novelists Are Finding New Ways To Break Internet Addiction
Apparently there are products to help block the internet from your computer so you, as a writer, can focus on your work. I understand why these are necessary to a point, but shouldn't you be able to stop yourself from checking email or blogs or comment sections? I know how it is to get sucked in. I like to read comments on particular blogs to feel a connection to others which is sad in a sense, but you have to drum up the will to make yourself close the window and get back to work. How can you not say "Ok, I am done." Do we really need a program to prevent us from squandering our time? Perhaps I am being harsh. Maybe  Freedom © and SelfControl©   are very helpful and necessary in today's world. I will be the first to admit I can easily get sucked into Wikipedia or other research sites, especially now doing all my biblical research. Okay, so maybe those programs might be something I have to consider if I can no longer force myself to look away.
While the article does address how being a writer is isolating, they also leave out the part that people these days only share things via Facebook or Twitter. So if you want to know what is going on in your friend's lives you need to go on Facebook and lose an hour or two of your life. Social media is swell, but there are times an email would be nicer to receive about a major event then reading about it along with five hundred people. Privacy and personal contact have fallen away in many instances and it feels funny. And I do not mean in a good ha ha way.
What is most interesting in the article is the discussion about internet distractions and how it shortens your attention span and how it changes your brain. Clearly I need to get my hands on Nick Carr's book, The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way we Think, Read and Remember

Good luck fighting the urge to surf today everyone!


Cheers!

MissFifi

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