I watch music videos in the morning, it’s very non committal so I can watch a minute or two and walk away to do something and not feel like I’m missing anything. I pondered that this morning as I drank a cup of coffee, why it is that I usually leave the tv on something like that. I’m the same with video games, I don’t really like it when it’s heavily involved, just gimme something I can play for a few minutes or so because otherwise I’m gonna get bored.
There’s a cute email going around about housework or something where the subject, a woman, starts a task in the living room, picks up a dish and goes to the kitchen and sees something in the kitchen needing to be done so she starts that task, forgetting what she was working on in the living room. Then she sees a shirt for the laundry in the kitchen and goes and starts the laundry, forgetting her previous job in the kitchen and living room was still undone. This happens each time she’s working on something, she gets distracted with another chore and so on and so forth until she comes full circle back to the living room when she realizes she’s started 12 projects and hasn’t finished one yet.
I think we can all relate to that to a certain extent. We find that unless we’re extremely interested in a subject or activity, we lose interest quickly and are on to the next best thing, preferably something more interesting to us individually. It strikes me that in children, this behavior is seen as a deficiency, when really it’s the nature of the beast that is the human.
We are an entertained people, if we fail to be entertained, we find ways to entertain ourselves. What’s wrong with that you ask? What’s wrong is that sometimes gets in the way of what you should be doing. I can understand why men roll their eyes about shopping, I do too. I can understand the whole resistance to the opera and ballet and shit like that, because I have no interest in that myself.
I’m entertained by cruder things I suppose, like alcohol and comedy and stupid movies that make me LOL purely because of the ridiculousness. I still dig bathroom humor, I didn’t grow out of that…I think it’s hilarious and will rate you on your various noises if you’re close enough to me. 🙂
So does this mean I have ADD or something? I don’t think so. I think that’s a cop out honestly. I could rant about this for a while but let me just say this, we have some of the best technology in the world and are always coming up with more and more, how much inventing can be done in the future if we’re all on drugs to bring our energy levels down?
What are your thoughts on this?