I have developed this annoying tendency to start the day by surfing the same, say, ten sites over and over like a crazy person. I do this when I clearly should be engaged in other activities, like writing or rewriting any of the five shows I have in the air at the moment. Or applying for jobs. Or anything productive, really. I’m sure there’s something chemical in it, some sort of serotonin boost or dopamine deficiency or some other hormonal imbalance I’m oblivious to, and it should probably be regulated with medication. Maybe I could do it with behavior modification, where I simply force myself to step away from the internet, but there are any number of possible solutions, I suppose.
Are you addicted to the internet? Find out! I scored a 41, which makes me an average user, but I think it’s because I don’t exhibit addict tendencies like snapping at people who disturb my internet usage or fantasizing about my next online session. But the score says I’m in control. I refreshed it six times, and I got the same answer.
Of course, with five writing projects looming and a meandering job hunt, it’s more likely procrastination, right? Only I prefer to call it “research.” (Go back and click that procrastination link. It’s brilliant. And it’ll kill a good 10-12 minutes. Fewer if you skim sections of it as I did.)
Am I the only one who does this? I hope to God not.