Junk Screen Time

A thoughtful and thought-provoking comment on yesterday’s blog from Susann: 

‘It depends a lot on what you actually do with your screen. Blogging is OK, in my opinion. But I’ve noticed that I spend a lot of time reading useless “news” or scrolling Facebook – and there are so many other, useful, things I could spend that time on.’

I think that hits the nail on the head for me. The purposeful habit of daily blogging feels like an entirely positive thing. But the way that I can lose myself down virtual rabbit holes for vast swathes of time does not.

It’s like the difference between planning and cooking a balanced healthy meal from scratch and absent-mindedly ploughing through a family-sized pack of cheesy puffs – they’re both food, technically, but one will nurture you and the other will turn you into a malnourished lardball. 

Like ‘food’, ‘screen time’ is too blunt a definition – much of my screen time is life-enhancing. What drains me is the Junk Screen Time. 

Just like you konw your junk food weakess (sour cream and onion Pringle, anyone?), you almost certainly know what constitutes your big JST addiction. I know I do. 

Food for thought.