Thursday, March 30, 2006

I’m struck by how much we let ourselves be enslaved by our devices.

Oh, I don’t mean literally, and I’m not trying to be alarmist. But, well, how often do we get home from work and immediately gravitate to the computer or TV? Personally, I can’t wait to get back online. It makes me feel connected to people and current events.

Even though, of course, that’s a thin, mediocre connection. Really, it’s a way to keep busy. It’s something to fill our time.

When actually, if we thought about how we really want to spend our time—What do you want to be doing in ten years?—we probably wouldn’t be spending an hour every night on the computer.


Anonymous In ten years I want to be playing the greatest video games on the MegaXBox or PS7 or Nintendo Mindweaver. I think playing videogames in my free time is an effective way of preparing for that goal.
Anonymous Addition: I wnat to be informed about world events and expand my knowledge. Spending time on the Intenet is great for that. Would you consider someone spending time at home with textbooks 100 years ago a waste of effort that would be better utilized?
Gret In ten years I’d like to be running my own business.
Stephen In ten years I’d like to be ten years older.
Stephen I don’t feel enslaved to any of my devices. They serve me well, but I’m not obligated to turn any of them on.
Brennen I’ve felt over-tied to my electronics often enough. And it does seem like a good portion of the ‘net is a direct product of compulsive behaviors.

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