I was watching the show of an American TV host (as you do) and she discussed a rather important issue; people carrying out a number of activities at once. She mentioned those who watch television programmes or films whilst surfing the Internet. She went on to question how on earth can they fully engage in either activity. I will gladly put my hands up and confess that I am a culprit of this. I must say only when the programme or film fails to captivate my attention. I am a fussy viewer, I will not watch anything with particular actors/ actresses as the lead role. Ocassionally, I fail to see the fuss in films which others rave about. I obviously expect far too much!
It really is a bad habit to dip in and out of activity but is this what we have become accustomed to; multi-tasking even during leisure time?
Now, we have a multitude of online games, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapshot, a gazillion blogs to read and so on, we can if not careful spread ourselves too thinly. Nowadays, I stick to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and this is primarily due to blogging and wanting to increase my readership. On first joining twitter this year (an extremely late starter) I was rather overwhelmed by the number of bloggers which existed. It felt as if I had walked into a whole new world!
I try as much as possible to post on FaceBook/twitter, draft my blogs, message readers/followers whilst on my commute or late at night. This enables me to truly be “with” my family when I am with them. Family time, prayer and bible reading time is important to me and as a result, I factor this time in BEFORE carrying out other activities.
Whilst I cannot promise to refrain from using my phone whilst watching disappointing films, I will endeavour to be present when with others, whether watching a film or eating a meal with friends.
Do you easily switch off during leisure time?
Do you allocate regular time for specific activities?