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AI: Distractions

As I finish my summer classes, I have been finding myself frequently distracted by the internet, and specifically spending time reading backpacking and camping forums and researching a lot of DIY camping gear. I enjoy outdoor activities (although I’ve done very little this summer due to heatwaves and droughts) but the distraction right now is mostly a case of avoiding studying rather than a real intention to make all of the stuff I’m looking up.

What do you do when you’re distracted, and procrastinating?

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Benny Vimes

Benny Vimes

Benny Vimes is a queer polyamorous transman, curious skeptic, and enthusiastic seeker of knowledge. He's an undergraduate student in his 30's and loves teaching people about alternative sexuality and gender issues.


  1. July 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm —

    That’s easy… I comment on blogs! Don’t tell my advisor.

    But for a more interesting answer, a few weeks ago I was procrastinating by folding origami. I have a single square on my desk that I was using to test out various shapes.

  2. July 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm —

    …I read blogs and make comments.

    In fact I am doing it RIGHT NOW.

  3. July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm —

    Yeah, I also get distracted on blogs and comment sections.

    I deactivated my FB account a while back because I was just spending way too much time on there. Plus there was a lot of drama as I’m prone to argue with people. =P It’s actually been pretty nice not having it there. I also canceled cable.

    If I’m ever to get through grad school, I gotta limit these distractions. So I typically stick to blogs and try to not spend too much time on them. I find myself starting to type responses to people and just clicking away a lot more recently.

  4. July 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm —

    Exactly what Will said, with a similar “if I’m ever to get through grad school” stipulation. But my guilty pleasure is fanfiction, and I tend to end up reading that as a slightly deeper distraction that makes me feel like I could stop and get back to work at any moment. (It’s pretty dangerous that way.)

    • July 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm —

      … Or sometimes I make up entire systems of fictional units in order to describe myself as a dimensionless number. Like I just did in response to an email.


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