By MYLO ERICKSON
It’s amazing to see how much time people spend on the Internet, and the different ways they waste their time.
I do spend a little time online myself. I log on for the typical things: reading my email, finding answers to questions that are bugging me, doing a little shopping, viewing porn and checking my fantasy sports page.
I’ll admit to my fair share of heavy breathing in front of a computer screen, staring at… stats.
Just kidding. I only shop on the Internet when I can get an extremely better price or need something I can’t find anywhere else.
Most people spend their time checking Facebook posts or getting the latest nugget of genius from someone they follow on Twitter, like that is really possible.
What’s the attraction of sharing or reading a favorite recipe or insights into the meaning of life? Why do people seek out news or gossip about sleazy things a celebrity did?
Consider the number of alternative options you can complete in five minutes.
You could do some healthy activities, such as sit-ups or jumping jacks. You could tidy up your domicile. You could spend time with a loved one, person or pet. You could take a quick shower to be ready for a hot date.
I spend about five minutes a month on Facebook, accepting friends then quickly checking posts and photos.
It just doesn’t make sense to spend every waking hour on Facebook. Sure you can communicate with friends who live in another country or state, but too many people use social media as the main way to talk to friends they could meet up with personally.
My question is, why not go hang out with them? People exist in the flesh, you know!
Don’t even get me started on Twitter. I don’t even have a Twitter account and probably never will. Nobody I know needs to tell me constantly what they are doing in 140 characters or less.
I admire some celebrities, but not enough to care what they ate for lunch or what goofy thing they did. The only people I care about are my close friends, and I will ask them face to face about their day.
I have become part of the blogging world, but only because it was a requirement for one of my classes. I find blogging intriguing, but can’t see myself doing it daily.
Not everything that happens or every opinion is worth sharing with the world. Nobody is that interesting.
In all honesty, I don’t care what other people do with their time. People should do what makes them happy, as long as it’s not hurting someone else.
What gets to me is the pressure I feel to become part of something I have no interest in.
In addition, social media seems to consume people’s lives to the point that they just waste it in front of a computer.
To me, that’s no way to spend your life.
Erickson once made a group bet on who could stand the longest. He lost when he had to go pick up his wife from work.