Let me be clear up front. I love surfing the web. I love new things. I love learning. If curiosity truly kills the cat then I am in deep trouble. I can’t get enough of these things. But to be quite honest with you. I love other things more. My husband, my God, my dog, my family, my friends, and my well being. All of these things are relationships and they need personal, intentional tending. (There are other things in my life that need tending too but here is where my heart is this morning.)
These relationships and my time spent in social media and online in general on not entirely separate things. My connection through Facebook keeps me in daily contact with friends and family across the globe. That connection is priceless to me but I do need to engage it with caution. So many of my friends and family post fascinating articles and opinions that I am so tempted to just keep clicking my way through my entire day. I just want to know it all.
Perhaps you can understand then that I felt like this concept from Net Smart was aimed directly at me. “Making informed decisions about where to deploy your attention begins with realizing that nobody can ever take advantage of all the interesting opportunities the Web presents us.” As much as I want to read and learn everything I am curious about, I can’t. I just do not have that much time in my lifespan and my relationships are more important to me.
When it comes to online knowledge seeking, I need to follow Stephen Covey‘s advice and “begin with the end in mind.” I use social media to connect and tend my relationships. If my time online is not serving the love I wish to show and experience in these relationships, then I need to focus my attention on what is really important to me and say no to curiosity in favor of love.
Do you struggle with the YouTube Time Suck of Death or the Facebook Click Through Time Destroyer? How do you choose what is important to you?