Child deposited at school, cup of something warm in hand, fire up the ‘puter and we’re off. I do enjoy my time online in the peace and quiet, but frankly I am a rubbish internet person. There’s just so much to do! I struggle to remember to enter my metre readings online in favour of looking at funny photos of cats with captions. However good my intentions are, I never, ever review my purchases.
Whenever I open Pinterest, I may as well cut the middle man and wave goodbye to three hours of my life in a blur of crafts I’ll never actually do and brilliant photography of every day items that I’ll never be able to recreate. The same goes for any social media site, I can lose time and contract some form of amnesia in what I’ve actually been doing.
Ladbrokes recently published a survey of the nations online habits. Who is most likely to do a bit of the old Facebook stalking? Who’s up to some illegal downloading? And with our voyeuristic tendencies and disposition for a bit of over sharing, 4% of people admitted that social media had damaged their careers, although I’m sure in actual fact that number is much, much higher, the other people affected by this were obviously too busy cringing about that slight misdemeanour still.
The focus of social media is always on Twitter and Facebook, but it seem that Google+ and LinkedIn are growing stronger and even stronger in popularity every single day, even though I have still yet to get my tiny mind around them.
I must admit I’m very partial to a bit of online window shopping. Ya know the sort, ooh, let’s pretend we have an unlimited budget in Selfridges, gogogo! Or I’ll really, really get into some in-depth research about a toaster, by the time I’ve concluded that it’s actually any good or not, I’ve bored myself to tears and need to look at cats again to cheer myself up. I’ll stumble across an article about keeping chickens or using a compost loo or eating quinoa and I’ll totally convince myself that that is what I need and that is what I must be doing right now.
It’s a tiring time online sometimes, but hey, there’s always something else to look at, another clever craft to lust after, another handbag to dream about and another cat photo to giggle at childishly, eh?