Trevor Dixon

Don't Squander Time

In reading about and considering the plight of those addicted to video games and lost in virtual worlds, I sometimes take false comfort in comparing my relatively minor weaknesses to such wild addictions. Few of us abuse technology in such an unhealthy manner as to approach the level of addiction, but to invest in television, video games, social media, or frivolous internet surfing for even a couple of hours each day requires the sacrifice of equally enjoyable but far more valuable pursuits. I believe that committing to more than one TV show and making time for more than one movie per week represents too much media consumption. In my experience, the time saved by consciously limiting entertainment is time I spend playing with my daughter or programming side projects—activities I’m much more proud of.