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The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

December 31st, 2014

I never intended to take a blogging sabbatical, yet it’s been some two-and-a-half months since my last substantive entry. It hasn’t been due to a lack of things to write about. And while I’ve certainly had a lot going on in my personal life, it hasn’t been about that either. It’s really been all about how I’ve chosen to waste spend my time.

To those who regularly see me in person, it should be obvious that I have an iPad addiction. I’m rarely seen without the thing, even at work. And while I can truthfully claim its usefulness in pulling up important documents or doing a quick bit of research, it would be disingenuous of me not to admit that its true purpose is filling in all of those little moments of downtime. Standing in line? Waiting for a meeting to begin? Pull out the pad for a bit of browsing or a quick game.

Hardly unique behavior, I know. We are all dwellers in the The App Age. But what I’ve found to be insidious about my own usage is how it has devoured the time that might have been spent on other pursuits. Books and magazines are piling up. Got twenty minutes? I could read a chapter…or I could get in a few matches of Hearthstone.

I’m not promising to kick the habit. I know that my compulsions inevitably get the better of me. But I will at least try to make time for other things…right after I log into Doctor Who Legacy to claim today’s bonus.

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