Friday, November 13, 2009

My online life

It's occurred to me recently, as my time has been literally sucked up by the computer and the Internet, that sometimes my online life is out of control. It is very easy to spend one's whole day on the internet: checking Facebook to see if anyone posted anything interesting, checking the blogs I follow to see if anyone wrote any interesting articles, checking the news, checking my email, checking, checking, checking...And before I realize it, hours have passed, the laundry isn't done, the carpets haven't been vacuumed, the groceries haven't been bought...

It's so easy to become consumed by the Internet. You never know what you are going to find, but you always find something. Thinking back to my intro psych course, this is called a variable schedule of reinforcement (scroll down a bit for the definition). And it maintains a behavior beautifully...

Now I must get off the computer.

2 comments:

Lets talk said...

Read your blog and it feels so good to know my hours are not the only ones flying by while been log on while the rest of the duties pile up. Thankfully I can blame work, but i guess not right now on a Friday night! I am back to my home duties now...

Anonymous said...

A big fat DITTO. Technology, too much of a good thing. Though email is mostly my time suck (as K would eloquently put it!).
B