Social Media: My Favourite Waste of Time

Need to do something? Really can’t be bothered, and would much rather be doing something else?

Why not open up your social media apps to ‘quickly’ check what the world online is up to.

The opportunities for procrastination offered by social media are nearly endless.

For instance:

twitter

 

Twitter

Check notifications. A couple of tweets to reply to. Say hello to friends.

Quick scan of the timeline…ooh, that looks interesting. I didn’t know about that. Let’s click the link to find out more. Read the article, follow links to other interesting things…OK. Close the browser, got things to do.

After another glance at the timeline…

Ooh, I want to butt in to that conversation. Exchange a few tweets, bit of a banter about whatever it is.

A sale! Must look, now!

I’ll look at that other tweet in a mo. Grrr, the page has refreshed and I’ve lost it. Who was it from again? Can’t remember.

Doesn’t matter, anyway. Must. Get. On.

Blimey, what are they arguing about? *Looks at a few tweets in the exchange*. Best off out of it.

Marvel at how grown ups from all sorts of walks of life can spend all day trading insults with one another.

Ooh, that person has a new blog post. Read, write a comment.

Get distracted by a notification from…

facebook

 

 

Facebook

OK, I’ll just reply to that notification and I WILL get on with what I have to do.

But I can’t resist a quick peek at the timeline.

Click ‘like’ on a status update or two, leave a comment.

I’ll just take that quiz, even though I know it will give me a generic answer.

Why oh why does that person insist on sharing Britain First posts? Do I unfriend them? Or just block those posts? How I do I do that again…oh yes, over there.

That The Poke article looks funny – and while I’m here I’ll just check that article too…

Ooh that’s a funny video about cats and dogs. I’ll share it, too.

Hmm, that’s an interesting post, I’ll have a read. Glance at the comments – blimey, people can get really heated and mean, can’t they?

Escape to my happy place:

instagram

 

Instagram

Looking at pretty things…where’s that from…looks up website.

What’s the prompt for the photo challenge today? Hmm, what can I use? Where did I put it? Where’s the best place to photograph it – oh, over here. Hmm that’s not a good photo, let’s try again. Oh what filter shall I use…Posted, finally. Let’s see what other people have posted for the prompt today…

Check out a few more posts. Oh, their room is so neat and tidy!

Glances around. Unlike mine.

Time to do stuff!

Click out of the app. Put the phone down.

Is that the time?

Ah, now it’s time for a cup of tea.

Procrastination is quite an art, and social media is my favourite waste of time.

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33 Comments on Social Media: My Favourite Waste of Time

  1. Bec Cowley
    April 21, 2015 at 10:18 am (5 years ago)

    Brilliant! I am so glad I’m not alone in this, I think many of us are in the same boat! I love social media but it really is a time thief 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 22, 2015 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

      Oh social media is such a time thief! No such thing as a ‘quick look’ usually. Thanks for commenting xxx

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  2. hannah mum's days
    April 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm (5 years ago)

    I do this ALL. THE. TIME. and then wonder why I’ve only done 1 of the 3 priorities for the day…it’s just so easy and alluring though, isn’t it!! Great post lovely xx

    thanks for linking up to #Thelist xxxx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 17, 2015 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

      Far too easy, Hannah – and as you say, alluring! Thanks for commenting xxx

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  3. Victoria Welton
    April 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm (5 years ago)

    You had me nodding all the way through this post Leigh – you are SO very right!! Hit the nail on the head here. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 17, 2015 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

      It’s dangerous, isn’t it? Thanks for commenting xx

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  4. Adventures of a Novice Mum
    April 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm (5 years ago)

    O yes, social media really has a way of sucking people in and keep them coming back for more; many times at the experience of attending to what needs doing. You captured it well. 🙂 #PoCoLo

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 13, 2015 at 7:39 am (5 years ago)

      Oh yes, it most certainly does. Thank you – glad you enjoyed the post xxx

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  5. larabeeuk
    April 12, 2015 at 9:29 am (5 years ago)

    This is such a great post! Sooooo true. I’m sure I lose half my life flying around social media.

    visiting from #thelist xx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 13, 2015 at 7:38 am (5 years ago)

      I think it’s a common theme amongst many of us….so easy to do. Thanks for commenting xxx

      Reply
  6. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    April 12, 2015 at 4:31 am (5 years ago)

    Fabulous and a proper insight into my life! I hate the refreshing and losing the tweet, then remembering an hour later and OF COURSE going back to it!!!!! #PoCoLo xx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 12, 2015 at 8:23 am (5 years ago)

      Ha, I think we all do that! Thanks for commenting xx

      Reply
  7. Katy (What Katy Said)
    April 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Haha so funny, I love social media too and could quite easily live in a box on my own forever as long as I had my phone and wifi! x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 12, 2015 at 8:22 am (5 years ago)

      Oh yes, we can’t live without them now can we? Thanks for commenting xx

      Reply
  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    April 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm (5 years ago)

    This is spot on! I don’t even particularly like Facebook and I can lose an hour reading random status updates… Instagram is my real vice though, completely addicted 🙂 Even writing the word there had me checking my feed for a second, it’s a Pavlovian response! Thanks so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 11, 2015 at 8:52 am (5 years ago)

      Ha! It’s dangerous, isn’t it…thanks for commenting xx

      Reply
  9. lisaslife1970
    April 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I find the worst links to click on are youtube or boredpanda you can lose hours browsing the have you also seen bits! 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 11, 2015 at 8:52 am (5 years ago)

      Oh yes, that’s true – it’s addictive! x

      Reply
  10. CalifornianMumLondon (@CalifornianMum)
    April 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm (5 years ago)

    I spend a ridiculous part of my evening on social media. FB and Instagram are the worst for me. You look up and all of a sudden, you have lost half an hour or an hour. Eek! 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 11, 2015 at 8:48 am (5 years ago)

      Yep, they are like a time vacuum aren’t they? Thanks for commenting xx

      Reply
  11. maddy@writingbubble
    April 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Tee hee! Social media is wonderful/terrible (wonderble?) like that! I waste hours on FB (my personal account) and the reason I keep Twitter at arms length is I can’t afford to let that addiction get as bad. I daren’t join any other social media! #theprompt

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm (5 years ago)

      I like the new word, ‘wonderble’! It has so many benefits, but hours can disappear in a puff of smoke… xxx

      Reply
  12. Kim Carberry
    April 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm (5 years ago)

    hahaha! That’s how my day goes too….My favourite waste of time x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm (5 years ago)

      Dangerous isn’t it? Thanks for commenting xx

      Reply
  13. Mummy Writes
    April 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Haha this is fabulous and exactly how my mind works too! I even browse them in the same order, although I’d add Pinterest on the end as my ultimate happy place 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm (5 years ago)

      Glad you like it! How funny you browse them in the same order. I’ve not really got to grips with Pinterest yet…something else to distract me! Thanks for commenting xx

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  14. Tim
    April 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Heh, you could be describing most of my evenings, lunch-times and random coffee time-outs. Social media is an addictive thing, isn’t it? There have been times when I’ve settled down late in the evening “just to catch up with a couple of tweets” and looked up two hours later having updated my Facebook status, watched some videos on YouTube and commented on a load of Instagram photos …

    Procrastination, moi? Now what was I doing …?

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh, social media is so addictive Tim! I’ve done the same on many an occasion. Social media is brilliant, but it can be such a time sapper. Thanks for commenting x

      Reply
  15. Tara
    April 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, are you watching me? Hehe. You seem to have captured what I do perfectly (like now, when I should be working!). I’ve been deleting people who share BF posts, it can’t be a mistake now so it must be something else. Great post 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      April 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm (5 years ago)

      Ha! Drifting into social media is so easy. It took a lot longer to write the post than it should have, and no prizes for guessing why. You’re right about BF posts, enough is known about the real agenda behind it. Glad you enjoyed it. thanks for commenting! xx

      Reply

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