Internet Multitasking

There is this “thing” I do (thing being in quotation marks because I don’t really like the word, I’ rather use a different term instead of “thing” at every opportunity, but this morning I’m just too tired to think of a good enough replacement word), where I manage to participate in running three or four open tabs at once. I’m writing this post, I’m updating tumblr, and I have an episode of Bones running on Netflix, mostly just because I like TV background noise and because I don’t have access to the morning news shows I usually watch while at home.

I do this all the time, and like regular multitasking, I feel like it’s not good. Every single person who has ever written anything about multitasking ever has said that all the tasks suffer when you cannot concentrate on just one at a time. However, I don’t see it as me doing multiple things at once because I’m trying to accomplish things (although later I will be answering emails while still on tumblr and netflix, that’s semi-productive), and everything I’m doing tends to not require a large amount of attention anyway, just like many internet time-passers.

The problem here is, while I’m doing three simultaneous pretty-much-pointless internet tasks, there’s a laundry list of things I should be doing in my minimal spare time before class starts that I’m definitely not doing (one of which is literally my laundry). I should be taking a shower, I should be attempting to get dressed or eating the one cereal I have left, the latter of the list I’m avoiding because it’s the seriously mediocre Special K Chocolatey Delight.

So, internet multitasking. Does anyone else have this problem? I know I cannot be the only person on earth who does this, what with the internet being an ever-present entity in my life and those of others. Really, I’m curious to know.

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