I’m guest posting today over at Brett Harrison’s blog. He’s got a cool story, so even if two blog posts by me in one day is more than you can handle, follow my link at the bottom of the page (it will be there as soon as I have it) and at least read about him and his wife and their current adventures. I begged him to let me post there, and he said I could as long as it was about missionaries, so I decided to ask if missionaries these days have to leave their keyboards. Head on over and join in the discussion.
In the mean time, here’s my post for the day.
I emailed back and forth this week with a guy I’ve met in blogworld. His name is Josiah Bancroft, and he’s a poet. It’s kind of cool, this whole thing of meeting people that ten years ago I may never have met.
Anyway in our email exchange he brought up the fact that my family and I have forsaken television for a year, and then he made a comment that got my attention:
“As an aside, I quit watching TV years ago, though there have been lapses. I found that the problem wasn’t the programming itself, but the thoughtlessness that resulted from sitting in front of the endless stream of shows and ads. That constant state of distraction is both depressing and addictive, I think…I find that watching (online or through Netflix) fewer shows less often and without commercials actually inspires me to work and write.”
Are we addicted to distraction? I know I am. I now use distraction as a motivational tool:
“Work for 15 more minutes and then you can get on Twitter.”
“Write three more pages and then you can check Facebook.”
“Write your blog post and then you can check email.”
When I found out the Wifi was not working in the cafe I had settled into for the day, I got out of there faster than Superman exiting a kryptonite factory. Why? I don’t need Wifi or the winternets to do 90% of my work, but the thought of going stretches of time without distraction freaked me out.
What’s your take on distraction as addiction?
Now, for my guest post over at Brett’s site, click HERE