|XKCD Comic 1441 - The Loop|
As I refreshed reddit for the umpteenth time, I stared at the screen and asked myself:
What am I doing with my Saturday morning? What am I actually doing. I'm refreshing reddit. Then I'm refreshing a news site. Then I'm on facebook. Then I'm checking my email inboxes. Then I'm back on reddit again! This isn't fun, or productive, or rewarding. Why am I actually doing this?!
Struck with this insight I closed my chrome instance. Within seconds, and without thought, I had started it again and was back on reddit and the news site. This unconscious action was very unsettling to witness first hand. I subsequently blocked the affected sites both on my desktop and laptop computers.
I'll still browse these sites on my mobile phone, but thanks to my gargantuan bear-hands, that's so awkward and clunky I don't at all seem to get stuck looping in the same way. Incidentally, the weeks that have passed since I implemented this change have been very enjoyable. I've had so much more time, now that I don't waste a bunch of time every day looping.