Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SUPERSATURATED

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I'm just going to say it: I'm tired of being on the internet. I feel supersaturated. Full. Overwhelmed. Buried by content. Satiated beyond recovery. Pinterest-ed out.

I didn't think it was possible either.

I'm quite sure that this feeling is exacerbated by the fact that I work at a computer all day, every day. It's how I earn my living and how I communicate.

"Let me send you an email."

"I'll forward you that link."

"Did you see the recap of the season finale?"

Which brings me to my next point. TV takes up a lot of my time and I'm not sure if I like it.

Here's a fun little exercise that I'll do with you.

Q. How many hours do you watch TV each week (Monday - Sunday)?
A: 15 (This is my best estimate.)

Q: How many of those hours (in one week) have profoundly affected you, changed your life, or made you a better human?
A: 30 minutes (I'm sure it's closer to zero but that breaks my heart.)

Q: What are some other things you could do with those [14.5] hours?
A: Go to the gym, bake a cake, eat the cake after I go to the gym, paint my nails, read a book, sit outside, practice photography, ride my bike, do some crafts for the wedding, talk to one of my friends that doesn't live near me, write a blog post, clean my room, sell some of my old jewelry on eBay, lay out some cute outfits for the week...

WHY DO I WATCH SO MUCH TV??????

Well this post has taken an interesting turn and devolved a bit from my original thesis that everything on the internet is derivative of everything else on the internet and I'm tired of looking a the same pictures of lemons and stripes on Instagram.

Is anything new or classic or appreciated without being blogged about? Yes, I'm talking to myself here.

I don't know. Don't know the solution. But I wonder how much of an addiction my TV/internet use is. How much of it is to numb when I'm tired after work and how much of it is to feel a live and creative and make the world better?

Am I the only one who feels like this? Are you living blissfully in the digital world and thinking this post is nutso. I wanna know!

8 comments

  1. Oh do I hear you and feel exactly the same way. I've been working on being "unplugged" and trying to be in nature more. I find that my inspiration really strikes and is at it's best when I am experience life, not looking up ways to experience it. I also try to "do three things (non work related) every evening" (and I do count making myself dinner as 1 ;)). But I try to go to the gym, read a few chapters in my book, or do a small craft project. I usually only end up really getting 1-2 things done an evening, but it makes me feel like I am participating in my life rather than just pinning it away....or wasting it away watching TV. It is a work in progress!



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  2. I have to be online all day for work, too, so I rarely feel like plugging in to do anything "personal" (besides blog!) when I get home at night. I used to be quite the devoted TV watcher, but . . . I don't know. Lately I just have a hard time concentrating on anything for very long, and I feel like I'd rather read. Maybe because I don't have any TV shows I'm obsessed with anymore? I do love "The Mindy Project," "Parks & Rec" and a few others, but am not intensely interested in them the way I used to be with things like "Grey's Anatomy." Hmm . . .

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  3. I couldn't agree more with this... I'm getting burnt out from all the noise, all the time. I am on a computer/online for work 40-50 hours a week, then an additional 15-20 a week for my blog and corresponding social media pages. It's exhausting! Hoping you can find some time to unplug and unwind soon :)

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  4. Caitlin I don't know how you do it! Working and your lovely blog and all those hours! Glad to know I'm not alone in my feelings but I hope you can unplug too. :)

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  5. I totally agree that even when I'm watching TV sometimes I can't focus. I'm looking at my phone and glancing at the screen and I'm like WHAT AM I DOING? hahaha. I should stick to books!

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  6. I love this: "I find that my inspiration really strikes and is at it's best when I am experience life, not looking up ways to experience it." Great point!

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  7. I feel this way probably 20% of the time. But 80% of the time, I love the Internet. It's a balancing act, for sure. For some reason I feel 10x worse about the TV time-wasting... like I can justify the Internet time-wasting because I'm reading/making something... but the TV. Just no. Oy.

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  8. This is so accurate! I'm a college student, so I spend a TON of time on the computer. I'm looking forward to summer when I don't have to be on the computer for hours each day! I might actually go a week without getting on it!

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