‘Procrastination is the thief of time’ or so the Edward Young quote goes, I think it needs updating for the 21st century to ‘the internet is the thief of time’! I spend hours, when I really should be doing something else, looking at stuff on the internet.
Facebook was my first addiction; keeping up with gossip via status updates and playing game after game of Bejewelled. I briefly flirted with Twitter, but I’ve never been known for condensing everything I have to say in 140 characters or less! Now I’ve found a new addiction….Stumbleupon… and it has a lot to answer for!
I discovered it through a status update on Facebook and thought I’d have a peek… Oh. Dear. How very silly of me! Just sign up here…just tell us your interests there… just click stumble…… just fall into hours of wandering aimlessly around the internet! It’s so simple; if you’re not interested you just click stumble and it takes you somewhere else. It’s like television channel hopping gone mad! Who knew there could be so many cooking blogs that were slightly obsessed with a central ingredient of peanut butter or sites where you could learn how to knit a doorstop in the shape of a lego brick! See http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-knit-a-giant-lego-brick-doorstop/ if this takes your fancy!
Just this evening I’ve found out 25 tips on how to stay married at http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2008/mar/16/25-tips-on-how-to-stay-married/, the ten most unusual drives on earth at http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com/Unusual-Drives.asp and thirty different things to do with macaroni cheese at http://www.30days30waysmacandcheese.com/, which of course are all really useful things to know!
The joy lies in not knowing where it will take you next, whether it’s helping you to decide what to cook for tea or satisfying your armchair travelling around the world, there’s always something that will catch your eye and keep you entertained and if it doesn’t….stumble!