We spend so much time looking at screens.
List of things I do that involve looking at screens:
- Computer science assignments – 8 hours a week
- Writing essays – 8 hours a week
- Doing a lab for my second CS class – 2 hours a week
- Working on homework for my third CS class – 10 mins a week
- Reading textbooks on my iPad (I’ve gone completely digital, saved a lot of money by sacrificing paper) – 3 hours per week
- Reading books for my writing class on my iPad – 8 hours a week
- Writing blog posts – 3 hours a week
- Playing Brawl – 3 hours a week
- Obsessively checking my phone in lull periods because it’s too uncomfortable to not doing anything (what have we come to?) – x hours a week. Too many to count.
And it’s definitely not just me. I take a look around at the dining halls during any meal and between people on their phones or watching the TV, screens are definitely a thing. This need to be looking at a screen.
It’s kind of a socially acceptable addiction. We need a constant stream of information at all times, whether its TV or video games or social media.
I guess it wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t bother me so much. Looking at a screen kind of takes you out of this reality, and allows you to be in this virtual world doing whatever it is you want – watching videos, seeing what other people are up to, or writing code.
It’s one reason I like working out. The strain allows me to get in touch with my body again, in a very grounding way.
Just some thoughts.