(There will be a regular recipe post later today/tomorrow. I was going to include it today but I couldn’t bring myself to attach it to this post. The photos are from my second trip to the CSA yesterday- I just felt there needed to be a little veggie with in this post.)
I’ve hit an “oh crap” realization.
I’ve been in one of those “I could do this, or I could do that, or I could do nothing” funks as of late. I haven’t felt like myself. Usually I can narrow this down to one of two things: I’m eating poorly or I’ve been indulging in the spirits a bit much.
Yet when I started to really look back at my habits, I noticed that neither were the case. So, I took a different approach and started tracking my habits during the day and what I realized was slightly scary: I’m addicted to technology.
I roll out of bed in the morning and the first thing I do is check my email (which is easy since my Iphone is my alarm clock.) From there it’s facebook, twitter, instagram, facebook again, twitter again, my blog, my blog stats (and this continues for a bit of time.) I suppose it would be fine if I stopped there, but I don’t. There are moments in my day when I check my email every ten minutes. It’s horrific.
I’ve come to the conclusion that for every good five minutes I spend on the internet (i.e. researching for classes, reading wonderful blogs, etc), I spend 15 doing useless things (twitter, facebook, random news, random videos, etc.)
I love my blog, I really do. I will also be the first to admit that blogging has pushed me in the direction of over-stimulation of technology. More and more social media is being pushed in our faces. If you want your blog to do well you should have twitter, facebook (personal and pages), instagram, pinterest, stumble upon, google plus (and I’m sure there’s ones that I’m not even familiar with.)
There comes a time when I have to say enough is enough.
I’m not saying I’m going to instantly delete all my accounts (that’s stupid and social media suicide.) What I am saying though, is that it’s time for me to step away from technology for long periods of time and not live life through facebooking, twittering, instagraming, or whatever the hell else there is do to. I compare the internet like going to the mall. They are both purposely designed to keep you in there for long periods, spend money, and forget all about time.
Being a healthy, natural food blogger, I read/research a lot about Western diets and American obesity rates. I know that a large chunk is diet and exercise, but I also believe the internet is making things worse. We witnessed it with television only I feel our attention spans/motivation are worse with the internet- everything we ever want is on, all the time (which makes it increasingly difficult to step away.)
I want to read more books, learn a new language, practice my instrument more, go on longer walks, and write more letters (pen-pals anyone?) If I quit doing useless things on the internet, I should be able to do all of this (and more.)
I don’t expect anyone to get through all of this because frankly, this was for me. A proclamation of change (and documenting that I actually thought/said it.) I hope you understand and if I don’t replie to your tweet, email, or facebook comment right away it’s probably because I’m out doing something cool like hiking, reading a book, or even practicing!