Are You An Update Addict?
When I was growing up, before Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (how did we survive?), my friends and I would spend countless hours shooting the breeze on the phone or at the local diner. It was Seinfeld on steroids. However, the most fun is when we had some news to chew on.
“Who’s that girl? Going to the dance? What did you get at the mall? New job? New car?”
When we got older, the questions changed, but the essence remained the same.
“Where are you going to college? What major? Where are you moving to? New job? New house? What, you’re getting married?”
Sam, the Financial Samurai is a blogging addict. My name is Buck Inspire and I am an update addict.
Attention Deficit Disorder
What happens when you come across a day when it’s the same old, same old? Since I am an update addict, I do the next best thing. I talk to friends and get a hit of their updates! If we’re lucky, someone has some news for us to chew on. On the rare moments when everyone has nothing special going on, life almost grinds to a halt.
Fuel To The Fire
What happens if you have a bad day? If you’re lucky, you can get a hit of updates from a friend. If that’s not available, you scavenge for anything, leaving no stone unturned.
“Check my email, is this thing on? Check my blog, comments, and stats. No one stopped by, traffic is slowing, why? My social media. Why isn’t anyone retweeting and liking me? Adsense. Why am I stuck at five dollars?”
If you’re having a really bad episode, you might also glance at your retirement accounts and stock portfolio, anything to get you out of your funk. What happens if your media outlets are dry and the market goes into a correction? Will you totally lose your mind and your will to live?
When we were kids, life was simple and carefree. We just worried about homework, the prom, and what diner to hang out at. In our hectic adult lives, we can’t get overwhelmed. I also strongly suggest breaking your old childhood habit of hinging your mood and well-being to external stimulus. If you’re lucky, you pull yourself out of your temporary hole. But most likely, you will frantically and hopelessly grasp for solid ground as if you were trapped in quicksand. Focus your energy and time on being productive and take steps toward your goals rather than aimlessly wasting away refreshing your computer screen. I see you! My name is Buck Inspire and I was an update addict.
Are you an update addict? If so, what are you trying to do about it?