How do we know if we are procrastinating on the internet? Sure, we all like to spend time on there, reading blogs like this one, passing the time and hopefully having a good one while we're at it. There's a lot of negative aspects to the perspective and opinion of networking and online media exposure, procrastination being the first thing people possibly think of when someone is sitting there on Facebook or Twitter, checking all the shares, links, and contact pages.
But is it really procrastination? We may be tired and in need of a rest, we may simply want to enjoy ourselves. Sometimes, we do use the internet to do things when what we need to be doing is something else, however often when we avoid something it is for a good reason. Our mind must be straight for a start, and so if we lack confidence, sobriety, understanding or simple mental energy, we are better off holding on until a better time. This is not a problem, in fact it is probably to be recommended.
The social networks, including formal ones like Twitter and Facebook, are great resources for network viable contacts all over the world. Not only do they provide us with a constant source of real human beings but also with a continual flow of information in the form of interests, conversational subjects, interaction types and all manner of shared media to suggest what we need to be thinking about from our own perspective.
Peering through the veneer of social noise and gaining true insights into the truth of the situation from an artist's point of view means having an ability to empathise and detach in certain ways from what we are seeing and gain insight into the dynamic of group situations rather than personal ones. In the group dynamic, we can see where energy is stored in aspects of interaction and how each member can pass their personality around in text form. This becomes a great prompt from scripting speech and drama within written prose and verse alike.
The depth to what a person is willing to share varies and it is not a good idea to muse on one or two particular people, but to rather gather ambient pickings from many random sources, attempting to remain nameless in origin and without interfering with the natural course, the beauty of public conversation on social media is that it is there for all to read. Many times I have deliberately been very open about how I feel and what I think in open and public social media conversation because I know it is being read and I want others to pick up on my words and, if they agree with them, use them in their own conversations. It's what we all do anyway.
As a writer, it is important that I, and all other writers for that matter, stay true to reality within the confides of interaction between people. As long as the people, the characters in our stories, act normally and in believable human ways, anything else goes. Modelling conversations and behaviours on real life observation is a method used by writers ever since there have been books, and yet with this new open media platform with an ocean of human interaction for us, as writers and artists, we can never be accused of procrastinating when browsing through the folds and waves of ever shifting walls of comment and critique.
There does come a time when we must leave the hub of international debate and appreciation for each other, there is always a time when social media is probably a bad idea, it is distracting, it's got a mind of its own and can sweep us away in an instant if we are not careful, if we apply our basic mindfulness skills to it, and remember that we are an observer, not a cog in the machine, it can suddenly become so much more than a method of getting our photos liked.
Rowan Blair Colver
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