#282: Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.
I tend to go through phases of addiction – I went through a Pinterest obsession when it first came out and now, I’d have to say it’s Netflix… just having so much choice and multiple seasons available at your fingertips. It’s just all way too tempting! But I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been worried about them, as they are just that… a phase. Fair enough they are harmful to my health in a way, but luckily it’s never been an addiction to food, alcohol, drugs, smoking etc. Thinking about it, the only one I can imagine becoming addicted to from that short list is food – I’ve never been a huge alcohol consumer and I’ve never tried (and never will!) drugs or cigarettes, so fingers crossed I should be ok.
But to answer the prompt fully, I don’t think these phases have been a full distraction to my real goals. However, they may have acted as temporary distractions now and again from job hunting – but that’s acceptable right?!
#281: Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?
Hmm… I’m not sure if I do ever leave screens if I’m completely honest. I use them at work, I usually eat dinner in front of one and then I open up my iPad to check emails, spend some time checking my blog stats, Pinterest etc. I guess if the weather’s nice and I feel as if I need to give my eyes a break, I’ll head out – either for a spot of retail therapy or simply for a walk by the river (which then turns into a photography expedition… arguably another screen when instantly reviewing the shots?). The other thing I do when I’ve had enough, is sleep – good ol’ Netflix has now got me hooked on The Good Wife, so I tend to watch an episode before bed anyway.
I quickly learnt that it is a very addictive form of social media and documenting your interests, because there are so many amazing pictures out there. I certainly didn’t expect other Pinterest-ers to like my collection, let alone follow in order to see my future pins.
If you’re not on Pinterest, I definitely suggest checking it out as there’s so much to discover!
#91: Do you feel like you “get” social media, or do you just use it because that’s where all your friends and family are?
I think I’m one of the very few rare people my age, who actually speak over the phone and meet up face-to-face with my friends and family, as opposed to only knowing what they’re up to via social media! That said, I do “get” social media and the reason behind this is because not only can you find out useful information but I personally, tend to get a huge buzz from increased traffic. My three favourite social media sites are currently WordPress, Twitter and Pinterest, as you can keep track of who’s viewing what, retweets, follows etc. It’s just such a lovely feeling to know that people from different parts of the world, are enjoying the content I am producing. I also love the interactivity element – I’ve always been a sponge when it comes to feedback!