As school winds to a close for the summer holidays, I’ve realized that I spend far, far, far too much time on the beloved interwebs.
Having Facebook does this to me, and when I quit it for two years, it allowed me to better focus on my needs during my funemployment days as a twenty-something living at home*. It helped me recalibrate my internal compass.
I needed it then.
And I need it again now.
I came to the realization earlier this afternoon as I was trying to get into my book, Shantaram, a hefty 900-page paperback novel. As I was sitting on my armchair, it dawned on me that 1) I barely remember what happened in the last chapter and 2) I needed to bail about three pages into the chapter because I was getting that bored.
And when you’ve realized you’ve got a bad habit, it’s time to kick it.
Therefore, I’ve got to wean myself from Facebook during my summer vacation. Up north, it’s a lifeline; you get all your information in one place – everything from which fitness classes are running after work, to a parent asking you for an assignment, to a coworker giving you a heads up on a student who just might be skipping because she’s upset with her boyfriend. This is how things work in small communities in this day and age: Facebook has become the community board, newspaper and shared phone line.
Stepping away from it, when I’m back in the city will allow me to focus on actually working on my goals. And while there’s nothing wrong with browsing the internet, I should start compiling interesting reads on my blog, like NZ Muse‘s “Link Love”, rather than on my Facebook account (which causes me to obsessively check for feedback).
Just thinking about this makes me anxious, as if I were anticipating quitting a pack of Camels a day. But I’ve done it before, so I can do it again.
And for your reading pleasure, here are the most interesting links I’ve come across this week:
- Linda Tell on Thought Catalog explains how feminists – men and women – can be weak, too.
- This video made me laugh, but the second thought that came to me was: Shit. This is me. The Atlantic is asking us all to participate in #TablessThursdays: Single-tasking is the new multi-tasking
- Ever wonder about the vast methods of reproduction in the animal world? I Fucking Love Science gives you a run-down of the weirdest and the oddest genitalia. Conclusion: you do not want to be a female hyena.
- Check out this amazing t-shirt that a dad made for dating rules for his daughter. Might not be what you think. Via Parent Dish.
- Taylor Mali, via The Teaching Channel, never fails to inspire with the written word. Check out his poem, “I Teach for the Fire“.
- Queerty posts about a transgendered Albertan boy who makes history by getting a new birth certificate. News like this makes me proud to be Canadian.
*This was also the same time in which I started my blog, Two Degrees of Unemployment.