Social media. Video games. The NY Times Crossword app.
There are more distractions out there than ever. It sure seems like a few years ago people started reading fewer books and spending a whole lot more time on their phone.
But then, at least anecdotally in my circles, there’s been a backlash to social media and now people are devoting more time to screen-less hobbies like nature and cooking.
How has the way you spend your time shifted? Are you spending more or less time with books? What about social media?
For me, I started spending a huge amount of time on social media five years ago, but have mostly weaned off. Now my time is basically divided between books (reading, writing, editing), watching soccer, meeting up with friends, and cooking.
What about you?
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I spend a ludicrous amount of time playing Candy Crush and I’m really disgusted with myself about it. It’s a tool for numbing in this scary and bizarre timeline we are in. But there are better activities I should be choosing. I don’t want to have to bring up you-know-who, but I think these past few years I’ve been more inclined to do the brain numbing activities as a means to cope. Of course, social media often makes the feelings worse and yet I can’t look away. It’s an endless loop of rage and escape. I just deactivated Facebook but I’m still on Twitter far too much. Goals, man.
I spend way too much time on pinterest. But I’m trying to cut back. I also clean a lot. That’s why I love audiobooks. I can still get reading in when I’m doing work. And I love podcasts. I’d listen to more books if it weren’t for true crime garage.
JOHN T. SHEA says
I spend a lot of time online but more on emails and blogs and Googling than on social media like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. The Internet remains a vast and mostly free treasure-house of information and opinions.
I don’t do social media – period. In the last month, because my carrier stopped supporting it, I had to deep-six my fourteen year old flip phone for a smarty-pants phone which is usually turned off during normal working hours. I don’t play online or phone games. The TV is off until 9PM or after – if then, or ever.
What do I do with my time? Write, research and read, and stare out the window from my study/office at the trees, wildlife and the sun sparking off the water. And grocery shopping and yardwork. And go for a paddle or hike whenever I get the urge and need a brain-break or inspiration.