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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Think the Internet Makes Me Stupid


I was telling some friends last week that I think the internet and my smart phone and the constant distraction the internet causes is making me stupid. Like I can't focus fully on what I am on. I do turn off the computer when I am done but then the phone is buzzing and dinging. I really think it is not a good thing for us to be pulled in so many directions.

So for myself I have decided to take a few days and not log on. This is my first time in four days to get on the computer. I have only used my phone to contact my kids and pin a sink we saw at Home Depot so I could remember it. My husband has been home and we have had such a good time being together and getting the Thanksgiving decor going.

In the future I think I will take a few days in a row where I do the same. It has been so good for my mind and I have felt right away the ability to totally focus again. Focus on what I am doing at that moment. I am not passing any judgment but just sharing something I have experienced. Something I need to do for me. So I shall take one more day and be back at it tomorrow to share some Thanksgiving cuties.

I really worry about the younger kids that may not be able to put the distractions down. Oh boy and I worry about us cause they will be the ones in charge some day. Let me know what you think.....

23 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Elaine, with a husband and four daughters, that alone would make my brain stupid. So I don't blame you. Now my kids are grown, the phone hardly rings. I don't have a cell phone anymore because I hate the darned things distracting me when I'm out or driving. So it is just me and the pupsters in this house with the sound machine blissfully making rain sounds and me clicking away on the computer. No TV in the daytime. No other technology.
Brenda

Cranberry Morning said...

I totally agree. There are so many distractions, and unless we are willing to set it aside now and then, we get sucked into the vortex! I wonder if we are raising a generation of kids who won't be able to solve problems that take several steps or many months or years before a good solution is found. Everything is instant in their lives, and their friends are often virtual friends - without any real flesh-and-blood people to turn to for support.

Art and Sand said...

My students often asked me what kind of phone I had when I was a kid and were shocked when I told them cell phones didn't exist. They would ask if I was bored a lot and I explained that I never got bored because I was always creating something for me to do. I think many kids today are deprived of a normal childhood of playing outside with friends. They can't seem to be away from their phones.

Kelly Weatherly said...

Good for you!
I completely understand where you are coming from and I also take a day or two off regularly and pretend the internet doesn't exist. It is a great way to re-center yourself.

Holly said...

Good for you for taking some time out. I did that too for a while and realized that I really liked it. Now I find I'm online much less often. I did see the pinned sink this morning. I have almost the same one, it's composite granite and I love it!!! Would never go back to enamel or stainless, it's perfect!!

Acorn to Oak said...

Congratulations for doing that! I know it takes a lot of to stick to that. I often try not just check Facebook and blogs in the morning and then not turn the computer on again until that night. It's tough and I often come up with some excuse to go back online anyway. I think my life would be a lot more productive and happier if I would stick to it and do that regularly. I feel the same about TV. I don't watch it much during the day but tend to relax in front of it for hours in the evening. I think my life would be more rewarding without it but it's so hard to make that call and cancel it. Again, good job! And, thank you for the inspiration. You've inspired me to try harder.

Laurie said...

I totally agree, good for you!

Melanie said...

Totally agree with you, Elaine! I've been on a Facebook break since Sat. and I don't miss it one bit.

20 North Ora said...

Kinda scary, isn't it to think that they are going to be in charge of the world someday? LOL My Grandchildren know that I have a rule: If I take them out shopping or to dinner, the cell phone and texting are turned off. They didn't believe me the first time and I got up and walked out of the restaurant and left them with the bill. I had to get my point across that if I was taking my time and my money to spend time with them, they could at least turn off their phones. And you know, it hasn't happened since.

Judy

Rhonda said...

my brother is a professor and he says he has noticed a huge change in his students concentration levels since iphones and smartphones have become so common. It scares him how their writing levels have changed because of it. And he is a media law professor.

Debby Ray said...

Elaine, you go girl...you should be applauded for your discipline! I don't have an iphone (actually mine is still a dumb phone) but my laptop and I can be joined at the hip more than we should be. Thank for for inspiring me to take a little time off too, every now and then :)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I totally agree, and it's easy to get burned out. Good for you to take a break. I've read about studies done that are saying we are losing our intelligence because we use the computers too much.

That's sad...

Jen

NanaDiana said...

I agree, Elaine. It can be addictive. I have cut way back on the amount of time I spend on the computer. I refuse to use Twitter and the other social media. That is one reason I don't do Pinterest either because I just don't want to take the time away from living real life and I am afraid I would become addicted to it.

You are spot on! xo Diana

Kathleen Grace said...

It's way too easy to get pulled into technology and forget real life. Why else do we feel almost like we have to apologise for not posting enough?! Our families need to be first priority, our own sanity has to be somewhere high on that list too. Posting, facebook, twitter, blogging, all need to be lower on that list. Remembering that is not only healthy it's essential.

Jeanne said...

Smart thinking, and i totally agree that we all need breaks from Electronics and their constant interruptions.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

First off... ha ha ha ...Judy's comment had me laughing! I don't mean LOL either... I mean, really ...LAUGHING.
Secondly-- I completely understand about the FOCUS.
I feel pretty muddled in my brain--like I'm hypnotized or something. (i've never been hypnotized) I just have the hardest time concentrating. Then I have to get away from it all--including the TV. I like to go outside, watch my chickens, grandkids, THE SUNSET! yes... I think people have forgotten that the SUN GOES DOWN-- you can go to any store or fast food place 24 hrs a day now. NO REST. Not to mention at the store-- you can't even go down the isle or through the produce or check out without there being a TV AD blaring in your face.
Sometimes you just have to unplug.
...enjoyed this post and the comments, Pat

Hindustanka said...

Internet has way too much information, and I myself get tired of it at times. It is good you take days off the internet, however kids might not understand this. Have a happy day!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

I worry a lot about the current and upcoming generation of youngsters. They are constantly distracted by the lures of technology and such. I wonder if any of them ever take time to put it all down, turn it all off, and just breathe, or read, or gaze into the sky, or talk to their parents, without texting or checking Facebook every five seconds.

Good for you, taking time away. I try to spend at least one day a week without my toys.

Terry said...

You are correct in worrying about the future. I am a recently retired Pre-Kindergarten teacher. My team (consisted of me and the Kindergarten teachers) noticed that the children no longer like to sit and look at and listen to the teacher. They had a hard time listening to books being read. They wanted entertainment. We used Promethean board technology and IPod touch technology as required by the district and state. They wanted that..the screen on..the sounds and animation. It was hard to rein them back in and get their attention. I hope parents will try to balance these things with many other activities and with reading to their children.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Me too! I have never really been very good at multi-tasking. I have noticed that Abby is so much better at it than I am, and I do think it's because she grew up with technology distracting her constantly. She can handle the distraction without getting pulled completely off task, which I can't. I haven't been around much because I have made myself take a break too, to focus on some other commitments and work on my health. It's been nice! I like your strategy of taking a break for a couple of days at at time, I think I'll give myself a computer schedule and try to stick with it :) Ooops that means I shouldn't even be on right now, hehe!

Carla from the The River said...

I totally agree with you. We are strict with our boys on how much time they spend on the computer. When they are on it for a long time, they just seem off when they come back to the real world.
And I am doing the same as you, taking a few days off each week.

Great post! Thank you for sharing.

Carla from the The River said...

I totally agree with you. We are strict with our boys on how much time they spend on the computer. When they are on it for a long time, they just seem off when they come back to the real world.
And I am doing the same as you, taking a few days off each week.

Great post! Thank you for sharing.

corners of my life said...

The internet is a bit addicting for sure. All things in moderation is what I tell myself - read more - surf less.

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