I am not easily annoyed by most of the issues that I face online. That is because very few people who are interacting with us online really know us enough to push our “real” buttons. Frequently, it is someone that I don’t even know whose buttons I’ve pushed. Often times it is someone I don’t know who pushes my buttons. Unless someone is actively watching us, either through human observation or some type of metric, it is fairly easy to hide what really annoys us.
I have a policy: never even use or Google a topic or word that is likely to push a trigger emotionally. 93.001 % (yes, lol) of my online frustrations come from technical issues which for me are highly emotional. Beyond that, there are probably a handful of people who I either barely know or know well who actually know what my real triggers are. Typically, my attention span is so short that I forget to stay upset and refocus fairly quickly.
One “REAL” issue that has become worse due to true technical issues is time management. My interests are focused but even a niche interest in our ocean of knowledge contains so much information that to focus on a “nano topic” is quite difficult. I have a feeling that I am not the only one suffering from this.
I do believe in “binge learning”. I have found that when I am primed to dig into a topic, it is best to just go with the flow. We have too many distractions to achieve any real balance, many of us anyway.
I am going to attempt an experiment to see if I can better utilize my time. I am going to try to use only tablets and phones to access social media. I believe that due to the size of my monitors, I take in way more “social issues” than would be possible on a smaller device. Responsive design can be a huge advantage or disadvantage. I don’t want to walk around with my phone glued to me but I have too much time in front of a very large screen that encourages me to explore “everything”.
This blog is largely a place for me to solidify my own thoughts and also to reflect on the ideas of others. For the sake of time management, I will not be editing these blogs with a fine tooth comb. That would be an actual job for me.