I’m ashamed to admit how much time I can waste on Facebook. I only signed up about a year ago. It was a nice tool for keeping in touch with Portlanders after we moved to New York. Then it became a nice tool for posting information about the baby. Lately I find myself surfing around friends’ friends and seeing if I missed any potential friends. I also respond to nonsense.
I read somewhere that studies have shown that surfing these sites releases some neurotransmitter similar to getting a drug. We keep coming back for more to get that neurotransmitter, but it doesn’t provide the satisfaction of a good, real conversation. I think I relate. I crave connection, but with all our running around, it’s hard to get together with people.
I was sitting here tonight, reading down the News Page again and thought to myself that if I’m surfing useless Facebook information, I’m not working on my article, I’m not working on my book, I’m not writing on my blog, I’m not sewing the Presidents Day dress I want to make for Isabel. I’m wasting time. So here I am, writing this useless piece of information about my wasting time. Such a better use.
I totally understand you. I have my sixth hamster-Britain book to write. I started months ago – but whenever i get the chance to really knuckle down and write – I start blogging instead. I don’t understand it. I’m even doing it now!