Computers vs people
I would like to ask any members if they find the computer to be a major distraction for them and a reason for their procrastination. I know that having grown up with computers (my first was a Commodore 64) that I have always almost 'hidden' behind them. I'm going through my 'looking back phase' here but they have always been a reason for me to remain stationary and away from society. I used to game but never really had anybody to play with so i'd zone out and chop heads off until the evening! Since then if I haven't been 'learning' about computers i've been sitting in front of them to 'design' web sites and the like. I do it only because I can and I went to design college so I don't like the thought of my education going to waste (another story!) I don't know if really I should be in employment that involves me communicating with people more. I enjoy talking to people on the phone and tend to be spurred on by the environment I am in.
I mention this because yesterday I broke the 'drone' while on the phone to the Samaritans and had a bit of a laugh with person I was talking to. It warmed my heart a little and brought me back to life. I thought if it was around that environment most of the time it would bring me back to life.. a lot!! I am trying too hard to become 'professional' in my work and when it comes down to it I can't stand by it and take criticism very well so i've finally gotten around to thinking -'why should I bang my head against the wall, do something else' Everythings a big leap right now because i've become so reclusive. Theres hesitation and procrastination around evry corner.
Anyway, it's Friday and i'm ashamed to say that after a week of more-or-less nothing the pressure (i have put on myself) is off. I'm booked in to see a counsellor because I figure that any sound board is a start to reliving the burden.
All the best
Have a good weekend
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Computers AND People
Both DSO and I have a tendency to be home birds and spend too much time on the computer. He has a particularly bad spell when he got into online gaming, but after a few months he realised how much it was damaging his life and he stopped. He's still a gamer, but he doesn't do online, and he ~does~ meet people IRL for gaming.
I've a tendency to 'research' things on the net, so I strictly limit that time. (I even went through a phase of having a computer free day each week :jawdrop:) I ~do~ spend a fair bit of time on boards, and I did wonder recently whether it was 'too much' time. However, they are of the 'support group' type, and I don't think it's an accident that making good use of the boards has coincided with all the progress I've been making in the last two years, and particularly in 2006. I still have to limit time, and on one board I also limit what threads I check (too much choice!). So there are pros and cons, but for me my main use of the computer is as a way of communicating with people. I have something bordering on phone phobia so without Email and boards my communication with other people would be more limited. I do work with people in my job, though, so my situation is different from yours.