Unplugged – An Internet Usage Observation

This seems somewhat relevant to this weeks theme, though it’s really more of an observation than a lesson. I would normally say I’m not one for extensive social media usage. Twitter is notifications only and only for a couple of webcomic artists. I actively avoid Facebook. I only use messenger, and only for a single contact. Reddit as a community has lost whatever appeal it once had. The only thing I really use to any great extent is imgur.

I’ve noticed something of a trend in usage, though. Not just of imgur, but of online communication in general. I tend not to engage in much of it over the course of the weekend. I’ve been keeping up the blog posts, but I don’t check my email frequently, if at all. I also don’t tend to check in on most of the online forums I use more than once or twice. This is a recent trend in behavior, though. Go back more than a couple of weeks and I was spending much more time on these things.

While the forums are much more of a platform for communication and idea sharing, I cannot help but wonder if my usage of imgur is born more out of boredom than anything else. It’s mildly entertaining at times, but far less so than many other things I could spend that time on. Having said that, I went through a period there where it was nearly the only thing I was doing.

Could be a mild depression thing, or simply a product of laziness. Sitting around poking through the randomness of usersub requires very little effort compared to getting up and actually doing something productive, especially if and when you don’t feel like doing the latter. This is somewhat opposed to the times like this weekend where I’ve barely touched it but done plenty of other things that have been on my to-do list for entirely too long.

At the very least, it’s a behavior I should keep an eye on. Not that you can always think your way out of those moods, but it’s good to at least recognize them.

It’s also possible that it’s a shift in motivation. By trying to keep material lined up for blog posts I have perhaps positioned myself a focus more on activities with more interest and sharing capacity than my meme mining trips into imgur.

Either way, it’s something I’ll continue to keep an eye on. This change certainly hasn’t helped me get caught up on blog posts. I nearly forgot entirely, and I was lucky to remember to write at all.

Y’all take care. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with looking at funny pictures until it keeps you from doing what needs doing.


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