Does Facebook Use Stifle Productivity?
•Wake up, feel the urge to check my Facebook account. If the app was on my phone, it likely had a number on top, which signaled that the things I posted, whether they be my photography or thoughts, received a like. This "early morning like" felt good, and signaled to my brain that I would need to check back later to see if I got more positive reinforcement for my creative skills.
•During the day, I would find something to post about, or feel compelled to check Facebook to see if anyone else was posting. Some of the posts were quite interesting in a voyeuristic kind of way. A fight between two family members may have caught my interest, and I would sit back and see where it led. From a psychological perspective, this allowed me to look into the lives of others and see their inner workings, which I would take mental note of. Others would often jump in, and such fights would explode in a spectacular manner. In this sense, I was totally hooked, because it added a form of excitement to a life that can often feel mundane.
•If I was traveling, I would feel like keeping everyone updated on my day-to-day life. The excitement was something that I liked to share, and I really liked the feeling of being almost a "reality tv-show star" and writing about my exploits in Tbilisi, Sharm El-Sheikh, Kathmandu, Kerala, Beirut or any of the other places that I have recently visited. These trips tended to generate interest, and it seemed to be an easier (although emptier) way to document my travels.
•At lunch, it was a good time to share some of the cooking that I had done. I enjoy cooking exotic foods that I learn about when traveling, and posting them to Facebook was another way to get recognition for my growing skills in this area. I would post a picture of the khachapuri or vereniki that I made.
•As the day progressed, instead of taking notes about books I was reading, exercising, or writing, I would often be checking Facebook as the various likes came in. When one came in, I felt good, and all the more awaited the next one. I also would check in on that fight between my family members, just for good measure. Who would be the first to use the block feature? And once they did, what would the commentary on their page be?
•As evening rolled around, I realized that I had wasted another day, and instead of doing anything productive with my time, I would just lay in bed in a kind of stupor. Guess what I was doing? That's right: Looking at Facebook again. How did that fight go? Oh, one blocked the other and the conversation was either deleted or over with. It was time to their page and see how it went down in their eyes. Now for the rallying of sympathetic friends. I would post another picture and repeat the process the next day. Fun!
•I wake up at 5:30 AM. I read the Bible, I then read the current book that I am working on. I am enjoying Robert Greene lately. I read for about half an hour.•I then go on the treadmill and listen to video commentary about the books that I am reading. This reinforces what I am learning. I highly recommend the Illacertus channel on YouTube. That woke me up from my stupor BIG TIME.•After my work out, I bathe and spend time with my wife and talk about life and our goals. I relate to her what I am learning, and she shares her own views (we are both avid readers). We have breakfast as a family.•After breakfast, we go for a walk in the nearby forest. It is a chance to further talk about life and spend time together.•At home, I work on creative projects, journal, read and take notes on the books that I am working through, and we homeschool our daughter. I also prepare for my job, which is currently teaching online.•In the evening, I teach. I use the lessons that I learn in my classes and use it to improve myself as a teacher.•I go to bed at 10 pm and prepare to start the day again.
"You can die from someone else’s misery — emotional states are as infectious as diseases. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead."