You look up at the clock and it says 3 AM. You know you should have been in bed sleeping hours ago, but you desperately want to finish your latest and hopefully greatest post. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day because if you are lucky you will end up with 4 to 5 hours of sleep at best. Does this sound familiar?
This is a common lifestyle of the website owner or blogger. At least a die hard devoted one. Are you one of these bloggers?
I take it serious, but everyone needs a break and should have a little fun too. What a boring world this would be if we didn’t.
I know people that sit in front of the computer all day long, sometimes all weekend long too. If they are not at their computer they are checking up on things with their phone or other device. An 8 hour day becomes 10. Then, 12, 14, or maybe even 16. It’s like there is almost no such thing as a day off or vacation.
People say that technology makes our lives easier and more productive. I can see that to some extent, but I also see it creating more work. I know, we don’t have to, but we do.
It used to be when the 8 hour workday was finished that was it. We went home, relaxed, and didn’t think about work.
Now since all these devices are so convenient it almost seems like we actually work more. Even if it’s not work related we just can’t seem to relax and take a break. There is always one more email, one more Facebook post to read. Something that popped into our head that we want to look up. One thing leads to another, and before we know it several hours have passed and another day is gone forever.
Sometimes I think about all the time that we spend online. Are we really using it for something necessary, or are we just wasting time. If we didn’t have the internet or all these devices what would we be doing? Would we be bored out of our minds? Or would we find something more productive to be doing? That’s a tough one and I don’t have an answer for it. I just sit here sometimes and think about my younger years when we didn’t have the internet. I don’t remember being bored, but at the same time I don’t remember doing something super exciting all the time either.
I am getting older (sigh) and time seems to be moving much faster than it did when I was younger. Years come and go like months now. I am afraid one day I am going to wake up and old man and tell myself: “I sure wish that I wouldn’t have spent so much time online when I was younger.” “If only I had done this or that,” or “I wish I had done this or that.”
Maybe that will or will not happen who knows. It’s hard to say for certain. I supposed that it’s inevitable with or without the internet. Only time will tell.
Are we missing out on the simple things in life? People seem to be so tuned into and focused on all these devices I wonder how many times they miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime. Even if it is something as simple as taking in the scenery. You might be saying who cares now, but 20 years down the road you might say: “I sure wish I had put my phone down for a couple of minutes and took in the scenery.” Your phone will be there. The internet will be there. They are not going anywhere. You may not ever get an opportunity to see or visit something right in front of you again in your lifetime, and if only you would have set the thing aside and looked up for a few minutes.
This also makes me think about people that are blind. What they wouldn’t give or do to see something simple with their own eyes that most of us take for granted. Yet, we get so mad and think that it’s the end of the world because we can’t get a signal on our phone, or we can’t get on some popular website for a brief period of time.