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    Internet: Productivity Killer

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    The internet truly can be a dangerous thing. I’m not just talking about predators or scams, which obviously are very dangerous, but I am talking about the danger it brings to your productivity. I can’t count how many times I’ve sat at my computer to get some work done and ended up losing hours to the rabbit hole that is the internet. It’s almost funny how something that is such a source of useful information to help with our productivity can also be such a downfall.

    It seems to always start off innocent enough. I will Google search something that is pertinent to whatever article I’m writing, and then I will see something pop up in the search that is slightly off topic that will spark not only my interest but a chain of events that usually ends with my searching for Adventure Time gifs. I’m almost convinced that Google does this, “Hey this is sort of what you were looking for but not quite and aren’t you interested enough to click the link” strategy on purpose just so that sites that have paid for it get more hits. I have seriously lost entire mornings just to Google by following one suggested link after another.

    Speaking of gifs, they are another productivity killer. Even by themselves gifs can make me lose time like no other. I seriously have a gif problem. Those few second graphics interchange formats bring me so many smiles. From the hilarious to the “aw” worthy I can’t get enough of them. I use them for replies on forum posts, I post them on Twitter, and I post them as comments on Facebook statuses. Basically I have a fever, and the only prescription is more gifs.

    The next trap laid out by the internet is social media. Countless times I’ve started writing and article only to get a paragraph or so in and think, “Let me check Facebook and Twitter real quick.” Of course we all know that you can’t just check social media “right quick”. So many posts to read, comment on, share, retweet not to mention now I have to go look for more gifs in order to properly respond to all the posts I’m seeing. It seriously is a bottomless pit that is almost impossible to get out of.

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    I also have to call out video streaming websites. Some mornings I will sit down with stern resolve to not let anything distract me and then it will happen… I will remember that one of my favorite shows has a new episode on Hulu. From there sometimes the episode will remind me of a movie I really like and I’ll end up on Netflix. Or, perhaps it was a night where several of my shows aired and I end up compelled to watch all of them. I have to admit I am so weak willed when it comes to “my stories”. And don’t even get me started on how much time I lose when I go on YouTube. That’s an even deeper rabbit hole than Google. Watch one video, get suggested others, then from there others, then I find a channel that I’ve never seen before that I enjoy so I watch all the videos it has to offer. It really is a never ending abyss of lost productivity.

    The last trap the internet gives me are forums. I am a constant fixture on a couple of forums and I have caught myself refreshing the page just to see if there were any new posts. As soon as I see one I reply. I love engaging in discussions on a place like forums. Especially when they are well moderated forums where trolls are not welcome. Some of the best and most intriguing conversations I’ve ever had on the internet were on forums. Also, forum posts usually lead me back to gif searching yet again.

    My point is that the internet really is a double edged blade. One the one side it gives us quick access to so much information that it makes productivity so easy… and yet on the other side it gives us quick access to so much trivial information that it is easy to lose all productivity. Will power is our only defense… and sadly I can’t always find it.

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    Indiegogo: The G-pad

    Indiegogo The G-pad

    I’ve never been much of a small-electronics gamer in the past, but now that I’m a smartphone enthusiast I definitely like to play games on the go. On-screen controls, however, can be pretty difficult to use. Enter the G-pad – a silicone slip-over for your iPod Touch, or other select iPhone models, that will give you physical Game Boy Advance-like controls.

    I love this idea, and I love small-denomination crowd funding. So if you’re an iThing user, and you love to play GBA games, you might want to give the G-pad a few dollars.

    Learn more about the G-pad here at indiegogo.com.

    Look at me still talking when there’s science to do.

    GlaDOS

    Although I haven’t actually played Portal – scandal! – I have an MMO character named GlaDOS, and I love the song from the first game.

    But don’t you wish you could really do science with Aperature’s evil AI? Well now thanks to NASA you can! Let’s learn about fusion and fission with GlaDOS today! And be sure to watch all the way to the end. She’s so evil.

    (Dear NASA: Please, please, please make more of these! Pretty please with mashed potatoes?)

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    Are Your Kids Cooler Than You? Educate Yourself And Even The Score.

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    Kids and Social Networks

    I have a Kik account for one reason and one reason only; To chat with my son. He’ll be thirteen this year and right now I’ve only allowed him to have an instagram account. He’s not allowed on facebook or twitter, but he uses Kik on his ipod to chat with friends. I wouldn’t have heard of Kik if it hadn’t been for him and that scared me. It’s hard to keep up with teens these days. They’re using apps like Snap Chat to socialize. They want to be where parents aren’t. Social networks keep popping up and it’s getting more and more difficult to be in the know. Enter iParent.tv.

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