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[personal profile] brainwane
I was waking up today and was glad my phone was in the other room. I'm trying to do that, to not have my phone right next to me when I wake up, because it's so easy to stay in bed and surf the net.

And I realized that it really does feel like the internet is a big hole that I leap into every day and then need to crawl back up all the time. And I do my work on the internet so I need to wear a harness to keep me from falling too far. Protective gear, like anyone doing anything dangerous.

("The abyss is no Sunday swan ride," as one Steven Universe character has said.)

I have sometimes referred to Twitter as an attention casino. And that is true and it's a metaphor that helps remind me that there is someone else specifically working to make money off other people's addictions and that the experience is designed to keep me there in the hopes of intermittent reward. But this sinkhole metaphor reminds me that it is the nature of the Internet to be an endless sink to fall down, and that I can wear a harness to help keep myself safe. And therefore I have just installed Leechblock on this machine.

Meditation would also count.

Date: 2017-06-13 12:41 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Black border copy stares overhead (at squirrel out of frame) (BELLA expectant)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Re "attention casino" -- excellent word. Which makes me wonder: social site design choices deeply influence how we communicate. What keywords would steer me to writing about this.

I've trialed a bunch of focus tools. Best bet for me: :RSIMinder to force breaks. Freedom to throttle net access.

Date: 2017-06-13 01:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oracne
I have been staying off the internet as much as possible on the weekends, and that has helped a lot. Though it does mean I miss things. And sometimes I can't make myself stay off - the anxiety of worrying what's happening is detracting from the time away.

Date: 2017-06-13 03:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mycrazyhair
You are so right. I may need to seriously consider this safety gear. Says the woman currently browsing Dreamwidth during working hours.

Date: 2017-06-13 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] brendn
Mannnn this is a tricky one. Being in a distance relationship with a person two time zones away means that often the first thing I want to do in the morning is respond to her messages, but the way to do that is The Phone, and once I'm already on that homescreen it's so easy to segue into The News and The Email. I respect your effort to shift habits.

Date: 2017-06-13 07:40 pm (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
That's a useful metaphor. I have an app called "rest" which helps me take breaks, and also helps me log off and go to bed.

Date: 2017-06-13 09:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cuddyclothes
So true! I disable Leechblock at times like today (Sessions hearing) so I can howl along with others. But for the most part it saves my bacon.

Date: 2017-06-14 03:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heyfoureyes
Just last week, I blocked Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook on my phone. I had my husband type in a Restrictions passcode that I don't know.

I then needed to add substitute material, so I bookmarked Ars Technica, Strange Horizons, and various other sites. I'm surprised to find myself reading the local news often as well. That tends to be negative & scary, so it's a habit to prevent.

Date: 2017-06-16 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heyfoureyes
I just had to deactivate my Twitter for a bit. I find it too compelling. Sites like DW are appealing without being addictive for me.

Date: 2017-06-22 01:40 pm (UTC)
ivy: Two strands of ivy against a red wall (Default)
From: [personal profile] ivy
I live on the Internet and have for years, but it's been weird to spend so much SAR time recently completely out of cell range. Days at a time. It really does change my mentality, slowing my thoughts, less multitask, more the sort of rambley "hm, I wonder" that I remember thinking like before I had, well, the attention casinos. I don't really Facebook and I barely Twitter (though that may change; I have just set up both for my new dojo), but the ability to have any question that I have answered nigh-instantly is super compelling.

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