“Humans have inhabited the earth for millions of years and I had to be born during the rise of the internet and social media,” I sigh to myself as my newsfeed is bombarded with more nonsense, this time with news about how some ‘high & mighty’ doofus thinks that the gays are the cause of the recent New Zealand earthquakes???
I could quite easily turn this into a piece about how his comments have no logic (believe me, I am tempted) but the doofus is probably just after the attention and I’d rather not give it to him (given the recent events in America as anything to go by).
So before I commence into this list of cool things to do when the internet annoys you; please a note to those who did not grow up with the internet and social media at their finger tips, I realise that this probably seems like an obvious thing but sometimes we young-ins need a little extra reminding given the internet and social media have become ingrained in our lives.
- GO OUTSIDE
Get out of your pajamas and go see the world with your own eyes. Breathe that fresh air into your lungs. Smell the roses. Get a little grubby. You’ll feel better for it.
- READ A BOOK
Lose yourself in a novel. Forget about everything that is going on in the world. Forget about what everyone else is doing that you’re not and escape into a reality world for a wee while.
- CALL A FRIEND
No don’t text them or message them on Facebook. Pick up the phone. Hear their voice. That’s when you can tell how someone really is. Better yet, they may be just as bored as you so wohoo now you’ve got a pal to hang with.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF
If you don’t wanna read a novel, read something else. Find something you’re interested in and read about that. Read about it until you learn everything there is to know and then read some more. Don’t be like the doofus who thinks gays caused the earthquake. I mean, I know I’m powerful, but not that powerful mate.
Even if you look silly doing it. We’ll all be dead sooner or later so who will care then?
And c’mon who doesn’t wanna jam to I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers?
Why not use your time helping other people? Put yourself to good use. The internet will still be there when you get back (for better or for worse) and I guarantee you’ll probably feel good for it.
- PLAY A SPORT
You’re bound to make some friends doing it.
- PAT SOME ANIMALS
Why? Because they are so god damn cute and who doesn’t want to gooey over furry friends. Plus, they make for good company.
- GET CREATIVE
Paint. Draw. Write. Sing. Design. Channel your inner actor. Learn a new language.
- DO SOMETHING
Step away from the screen and just do something. Jump out of a plane (obviously with a trained professional), bike with no hands, start knitting, whatever. The internet isn’t real life. And let’s face it, it can be annoying sometimes. Take a break. It’ll be worth it.