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sometimes I know that it's never enough; survival is fine but satisfaction is rough

Posted on 2005.31.03 at 14:00
How I feel about it all: curiouscurious
Soundtrack: Melissa Etheridge - Ain't it Heavy (live acoustic)
Something that puzzles me:

I have a question for those of you who delete your LJ because you have: A. a paper to finish, B. a house that needs cleaning, C. stuff for work that needs to be done, or D. something like that which involves willpower to do instead of doing LJ things: Why not just turn the computer off? Or disconnect your modem, if what you're doing needs to be typed? It seems to me that undeleting doesn't take much more time than rebooting or reconnecting to the internet. I think A. might be because you need the internet to research stuff, but that's about the only reason I can think of.

I'm not flaming at ALL. I'm just curious. And I'm not wondering about those of you who have to delete because of anonymity issues. That I understand (although almost everyone I know well at least is aware I have a LJ).


sistermagpie at 2005-03-31 19:20 (UTC) ()
I always wonder that too...but I guess it's one of those symbolic things. Just that extra bit of work it would take to undelete would remind them of their resolve to not look at lj. At least that's what I always assume.
flutteringazure at 2005-03-31 19:27 (UTC) ()
I've wondered about that one too! I have a gazillion things to do and yes, sometimes I have to switch off the computer or force myself not to go on the internet. On the other hand, I love to relax at night and read/write some LJ posts and hunt down some good fics. I can understand that it's an extra sort of barrier to stop you from using the site though.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-03-31 20:00 (UTC) ()
Booting up my computer takes time, though. I have to A. Turn the computer on, B. click on my user account (mr_t00by has his own, mostly because he's sick of looking at my desktop pictures. *g*), C. Wait for the computer to tell me that some adware program that no longer exists can't load (because it doesn't exist), and D. Wait for the computer to tell me that I have files to burn to a CD because Hannah loaded them and I don't know how to delete them. Then I get to open LJ and my flist or my update page. I don't use Semagic, so I can't just open the client.
diamond_dust06 at 2005-03-31 21:02 (UTC) ()
Sometimes you need to be online to finish an assignment. I do a lot of online research for my papers and I'm too lazy and too cheap to print out the articles I need, so I need to stay connected. And I'm horribly addicted to the Internet, too, so sometimes it's tempting to delete my LJ and remove at least one distraction.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-03-31 21:17 (UTC) ()
I thought Example A would have that answer. Makes sense.
diamond_dust06 at 2005-03-31 23:14 (UTC) ()
Ah. Here I am not paying attention. La la la.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-03-31 23:25 (UTC) ()
That's Fa La La, you.
Marie Antoinette's pastry slave
mark356 at 2005-04-01 09:05 (UTC) ()
I think it's an emotional energy issue; if you really need to get something done that involves a computer, and you really don't have the time to get yourself distracted by LJ (I very often sit down to write a paper and end up browsing LJ for an hour first), you could either steel yourself and tell yourself not to check the Flist, or you could delete it for the day. When you delete your journal for the day like that, you accept that you are causing a great number of people emotional strain, but if you really need the concentration that you'd get by not needing to remind yourself every thirty seconds not to check the Flist again, it might be worth it to do that sometimes. Personally, I will not delete my journal unless I have a very, very great reason to, because doing so would never cause me enough peace of mind to justify it to my entire friends-of list; however, that may be some of the reasoning.

Btw, where did you get the live acoustic version?? That must be fabulous!
One damn minute, Admiral.
trempnvt at 2005-04-01 14:32 (UTC) ()
This entry looks so familiar...
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-04-02 05:37 (UTC) ()
It does? Did you write one like it?
One damn minute, Admiral.
trempnvt at 2005-04-02 19:26 (UTC) ()
No, I read one just like it once! I thought you'd written it and then just copied and pasted it onto this entry.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-04-07 19:25 (UTC) ()
Nope. In fact, I've always wondered why nobody DID ask.
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