I continue to reduce screen time. When I am “scrolling”, I’m simultaneously trying to figure out what ties me to it. For example, am I scrolling for hope or for doom? Is it something else?
Coming to understand how important it is to remain a creative person as opposed to being a full time consumer was a significant piece. But I still scroll twitter, though my feed degrades each day.
I don’t see the human people I want to see. I only see only the large, promoted accounts aka propaganda, social engineering, influencing and whatnot. It’s getting boring which is probably a good thing. Bore me right out of town! But today, I had a different realization.
Scrolling the daily BS, I realized what I was doing is judging. I was not discerning. There was a time I was a discerning twitter user but that time passed at some point. I don’t know when. I didn’t notice!
So I’m scrolling and it’s basically like this in my head, “this is bs, this is bs, stupid, should I click the vid – no, should not have clicked the vid…”
Never mind the time I am wasting, what’s I’m doing here is passing judgment.
I’m pretty sure I’m passing judgement on mostly bots or the equivalent, but it doesn’t matter because I’m conditioning myself to behave this way. I’m training myself to make snap judgements about everything I see or hear. I don’t want to do this. You may.
I think of how children learn via repetition. If I scroll Twitter (or wherever), judging the content in half-second bites, what am I leaning?
One thing I’ve learned is if I scroll to wherever I stopped and then scroll back up, there will be a fresh bunch of crap for me to judge. Marvelous, right! Take the bait, then. The constant supply is maintained ’round the clock.
Supply. I’m using the word, deliberately.
It turns out if I am supplied with things to judge all day, I’m likely to spend quite a bit of time on this activity and for what payoff? What am I creating? What am I contributing?
Ask me how I got so judgmental.
I also see this as shallow. I’m talking about myself here. What did you do today? I judged tweets!
I can’t cry, “programming”. Twitter’s not shoving twitter down my throat. It’s my hand on the mouse.
Can anyone relate to this? How much time to you spend per day, judging content created by people like me or other entities or machines? Are you fairly compensated for your effort? In what way?