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  1. William Moner
    January 21, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    I appreciate this post! I have had the same basic dilemmas and your experience with filling time reminds me that I used to do the same things. From 1993 to today, I’ve filled idle time with all sorts of online communication. I’m also working on a PhD, and I find that I really need the time in between tasks to let my mind wander. Facebook has become a habitual place to “get up from my desk and walk around” in those idle moments, when really I should just get up from my desk and walk around.

    I’ve begun to keep a log of “distraction time” and it has helped me realize just how much time that one little click actually absorbs. Inevitably, a click over to Facebook means reading statuses, watching a video, forwarding something, hopping over to Twitter for a bit, checking email, and then hopping back over to Facebook to see if someone commented on anything new. Facebook’s very sticky, isn’t it?

    Anyway, I enjoy your blog and I’m subscribed to it. Thanks for sharing this little piece of your day.

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