This year I need to try to lose my technological ADD. Over the course of 2013 I’ve found myself overwhelmed by the amount of stuff begging for my attention and the plentiful amount of time I don’t have attend to everything. Even now it’s taking everything in my power not to give up on this blog and check Twitter for something relevant to me, but I refuse. I have to stay strong.
I love technology, but having two phones, a laptop, and a tablet can be exhausting. These devices can do everything and that’s as much a blessing as it is a curse. I can’t sit down and read anymore without checking Instagram periodically. I can’t listen to music without browsing articles on Buzzfeed. Even when I mindlessly browse the internet I get distracted by fifteen other areas of the internet I wasn’t originally intending on mindlessly browsing. It sucks. It’s ruining my attention span. The other day I wrote TLDR on a Papa Ginos menu.
My two favorite joys in life are absorbing and making creative works. I love getting lost in a video game, movie, book, album, play, article, drawing, photograph, cereal box crossword puzzle, etc. There’s something incredible about digesting somebody’s story, feelings, or ideas through the form of art and media. The world is full of these stories, feelings, and ideas. Countless more appear every day. It’s inspiring. It fills me with a sense of wonder of excitement. It overwhelms me. It really overwhelms me. There is just so much shit and I want to absorb all of it. All. The. Shit!
It’s not possible to do so and that makes me sad. But I would rather take in as much as I can and take it all in as best as possible. When I watch a movie on my couch, I want it to have my full attention. I want to feel what it wants me to feel. I want to truly enjoy or hate it. I want to lose myself in it. I don’t care if it’s Casablanca or Ernest Goes to Camp. I just don’t want to half-ass it. I want to work on avoiding distractions. I’ll still be active updating and checking social media, but there will be a time and a place for that.
As I type this my phone is on the other side of the room. It’s a good start. I feel naked which is sad considering I’m holding a laptop and the television is on, but it’s a good start.