There's a neurotic need (in me at any rate) to keep my mind occupied, even in those moments when I don't have a whole lot to do. Not that “constant distraction” is particularly healthy, of course. And when you're just looking for a time filler it's easy to surf the same few short (anti-)social media sites, or short-article sites over and over, perfecting the art of Doomscrolling .
But I don't like the effect that behavior has had on my life. So I'm trying something new, starting today. I'm using the Block Site extension to give me one more layer of defense. When I go to one of my favorite news sites it redirects me here.
Instead of absorbing the negativity of the world I'll redirect to a creative endeavor. I've left one serious news site un-blocked for now, when and if I need to know what's going on in the world I can visit that boring news site, get the news I need to stay useful and informed, and get on with my life from there.
I'm not sure how long I'll stick with it, but I like the smooth redirect. When I type the name of one of the sites that I have traditionally visited as a sort of mental screen saver instead I'll be greeted with a blank white screen and an invitation to write something. I'm curious to see how this works.
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