Write in with your questions/problems, and I’ll give you my take on it.
Because sometimes you just need to hear a different perspective.
Any advice on lessening time I spend sucked into the internet so that I have more time for the things I have no time for? It’s a black hole. I go in to update one status, and suddenly the day is over. Help!
I’m going to be blunt with you: you’re not alone in this problem. This word document has been open for the past thirty minutes; your question was waiting to be answered as I browsed Tumblr. I’m a successful procrastinator. Successful because I still get good grades, while harboring a full blown internet addiction. I’d be a hypocrite if I told you I knew a simple remedy for this problem. I myself suffer as you do, giving hours of my precious time to a bright screen and the hum of my Dell. I know what it feels like to look at the clock and realize you’ve wasted hours you need back. Still, I believe the only way we can understand our behaviors is by looking at the past. Our generation is growing up in a technological age; right before our eyes we watched the progression of the internet. From childhood on we’ve grown together; now the internet and our generation have reached the twenties. It makes sense that we would have a special bond, an obsession even; it’s all we’ve known for so long. But this hold is only as strong as we let it. You may not feel strong enough to decrease your internet time, but I know you are. Everyone is. There was a time that you only checked the computer a few times a week. Now that’s not a realistic goal to set for yourself, especially during school, but it’s good to recall the days you didn’t rely on a computer screen for daily entertainment. My advice to you would be to organize what needs to be done for the day into a checklist. Organize the time you aren’t in class into categories: homework, internet, and friends. Give yourself that hour between your science lab and English class to browse Facebook and listen to your favorite Pandora station. Save the three hour gap after dinner for homework. Devote Friday night to watching Netflix with your best friend, or driving home to visit family. Last summer I barely ever went on the internet, because I was always busy working or spending time with friends. We go through phases of addiction; it all depends on how motivated you are for actual stimulation over virtual. As spring starts to grace Farmington with its presence, take some time away from the time sucking machine. I know you can do it!
My laptop takes 2 minutes to start and my cell phone is from 2006. I have what I need to get by, but someone told me my old tech is unprofessional and will look bad in the job search. Is this true? How do I prove I’m capable without spending tons on silly trends?
– Old School is Cool
Dear Old School is Cool,
In today’s society technology is hard to keep up with. As soon as you get a new gadget, another new one comes out. This doesn’t mean you have to run out and update all your old stuff. I’m one of those people who are hesitant about technology, as I’m sure you are. There’s iPads, Kindles, and so many more new and improved technological inventions popping up these days, it’s hard to keep track of them. If your cell phone from 2006 still works, why do you need another one? No one in a job interview is going to tell you that to upgrade your cell phone. My computer takes two minutes to start as well and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. We are so used to instant gratification these days. Why can’t we wait two minutes for the computer to start? Old School, I am right there with you, and I’m telling you that there is nothing to worry about. You will have no problem getting a job, as long as you have access to the internet (because let’s face it, the internet is a necessity for school and work in the year 2013). Someday you’ll have to trade in your laptop and cell phone for newer models, but until it’s necessary, set your mind at ease.