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Photo CC by (OvO) (I’m serious)

Well folks, that is an interesting question; its answer is both yes and no. It really depends how you use it. If you are like me, you probably spend way too much time playing video games, and when you decide to get down to business, you find yourself derping around on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, even sites where you know you’re not even hiding the fact that you’re procrastinating like iwastesomuchtime.com. Seriously. That site is all about wasting your time.

Living Unplugged In A Plugged In World

But what happens when you get rid of the Internet? When you decide to just do it like they did in the “good ol’ days” and completely give it up? Well, for one thing, you wouldn’t be able to keep up. When the rest of the world has a metric fuck ton of information at their fingertips, they have filters available that will get them the information they need at the click of a mouse, you’re not going to have those advantages. You’re not going to be able to get that kind of information having to go through books that may or may not even be what you need them to be about.

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Photo CC by Luigi Orro

Your social life would take a major hit too, no denying that. Basically, you’d fall off the face of the earth. With so many people making event pages for gatherings, texting each other to make plans, posting statuses about wanting to hang out, it’s easy to see that you’d be left off of the bandwagon. People communicate so quickly now. What used to be a painstaking process of calling everyone for a get together has become a simple Facebook group message. What makes it better is that it has become this way wherever anyone goes; these notifications are seen almost as soon as they go out because they are right in your pocket.

Balance, Balance, Balance

Balance is key to handling your technology! As of right now, it’s a little somethin’ somethin’ that I need to work on. Even as I work on this, I’ve got my Facebook, Twitter, and email up, just waiting for notifications. It probably is what is adding to this being so late. Being a college student, my life revolves around work, homework, reading, and video games. And that’s it. Unfortunately, I let sites like Facebook get in the way. I’m going to make it a personal goal of mine to use it less often and hit the ‘x’ button while I’m trying to be productive. After all, it is just a matter of self-control, right?

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