Rescued from my Google+ archive, August 2011:
"Years ago, I wanted a smartphone so I could write down all the blog posts I compose in my head when I’m away from a computer. Now that I have one, I end up reading Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus instead, and I compose blog posts in my head when I’m away from both my computer AND my phone. Maybe I just need a pencil and notepad."
It really speaks to how expectations for mobile computing were derailed so quickly by the social media feedback loop.
Except for photography. That was something that the social media cycle could latch onto. And for a long time, when I was taking photos with a better camera (because phone cameras were still terrible at the time), I didn't have the temptation to just check Twitter for "a minute," then 15 minutes later just check Facebook for "a minute," etc. Because I couldn't do that on my camera.
I haven't managed to get back to the amount of long form writing I used to do. And I've struggled with keeping the social media vortex pattern at bay. For a while I would only let myself use FB on my phone because it was a pain, so I'd stop sooner. Now I only use it on a desktop because that reduces the opportunity to get started.
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