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Mónica Guzmán

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August 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

How easy is it to get distracted on the Internet?

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This easy:

Last night I was up late working on a new column. I reached a place where I’d used the word “awkward” too close to another “awkward.” I wanted to find another word to replace it. Then:

  • I switched to my browser to go to thesaurus.com –>
  • I saw Twitter open on another tab and tweeted how much I love thesauruses –>
  • I noticed a tweet about an upcoming Seattle WordPress meetup –>
  • I signed up for that meetup –>
  • I looked up a phrase in my Evernote to fill out my meetup bio –>
  • I went back to Twitter –>
  • I spotted a tweet that made me think of my latest post on another site –>
  • I checked the comments on that latest post –>
  • I added two more comments to that latest post –>
  • I went back to Twitter –>
  • I saw a tweet by Seattle author Ramez Naam about his new book –>
  • I went to Naam’s tweet stream –>
  • I clicked on a link he tweeted to an article about science fiction world building –>
  • I skimmed that article –>
  • I saved the article on the Pocket app to read later –>

I realized 20 minutes had passed and I’d forgotten what word I wanted to look up.

Seen a story that caught your eye re: digital life? Email me at mguzman@seattletimes.com or reach me on Twitter or Facebook.

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