Always On…Never Focused
It seems like everywhere we go, there is some type of technology. I for one have been obsessed with it. I always try to think of what career path I may have chosen if there was never a ‘Digital Media’ out there. Would I choose math since I enjoy it…or would I pick something in health field since I do have a background in that? I love technology. I am so intrigued at how it affects our world within the past five years. I remember being one of the first in my group of friends to get Myspace and Facebook. Twitter was really weird to me because I literally had no one to follow me, except for Britney Spears. Anyway, with the increase in social media it has decreased our focus.
With the last couple years of school wrapping up…I see myself becoming less involved with my studies and more worried about extra curricular things. Being at Lake Land College was the worst. I was living with two other girls in an apartment and had the free will to do what I wanted. Turn on the TV while I studied? SURE! Browse at Facebook before writing a paper? You betcha! I kept seeing myself staying up later and getting work done than first completing my work then rewarding myself with fun. I can see a trend happening throughout social media and kids younger than me. They would rather complain about school, drama, and homework than to do it. When do we finally shut off the computer, TV and anything else to focus on the important things?
Now that it is crunch time for myself…I am seeing more of self discipline to turn away from the screen. I did it before college and I can do it on the home-stretch. When I am bored, I try to find something that will keep me distracted from the computer or even my phone. This is very hard anymore because my phone is everywhere I go. When was the last time you did not have your phone near you? Mine is literally six inches away from my laptop. Does it need to be there? No, but why is it there? It is just accustomed anymore to have it near me. Think about the routine that you do on your phone. Mine routine includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, messages, e-mails, and so on. I do that maybe 20 times a day. I think sometimes what could I be doing with that time instead of doing the same-o same-o. Just imagine what work that would show up if we all applied that energy we use to look at our phones into our lives.
Here is what I am planning on doing, finally getting to shut down early. I do NOT need to be looking at the Instagram pictures I have already seen 10 times today at 11 p.m. So, I will not look at my phone past 10:30 p.m. It has been said that looking at any screens while in bed can cause sleep disturbance. Secondly, I want to put down my phone for 30 minutes every three hours of the day. For example; at 9 a.m. I will put my phone away for at least 30 minutes or more. Then at noon, doing the same and then the next three hours and so on. I am hoping that I will get accustomed to putting my phone or computer away whenever I do not need it. For one, it will let me focus on school and actually being social with people. Yes, breaking news, there are still real people out there to talk to once you step outside of the internet.
I depend on my phone and computer way too much. I feel like I need to step away from time to time. I mean, would Deloy accept this blog on a physical piece of paper rather than posting it online? That would totally beat the purpose of this blog, but step out and enjoy the world once in awhile!
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