Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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...


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!


  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!

  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 . . .

  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 :)

  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. :)

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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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