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Academic Distraction Disorder (Google Subtype)

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  1. but if i resist the internet...how can i check this blog? :)

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  2. Ha, I am terrible about googling everything and everyone! My best friend teases me all the time about it ("did you google it, Kathryn?"). The other thing I've been doing lately which is, I suppose, productive procrastination, is going to the blogs of writers I like and making brief comments about their work. What amazes me is how many of them respond to my comments and how some of them have even emailed me. It's a very cool thing, but I have to be careful not to let that be a form of procrastination, too. Ha! And here I am, blogging on YOUR blog, after checking my email and finding an advertisement from you, and all this AFTER not being able to sleep because I wanted to get up and write. This academic distraction disorder is a sneaky thing.

    --Kathryn (I have emailed you before--and the blog address is from the blog I kept last year for my classes.)

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  3. Hi Kathryn,

    Yes, it is a sneaky thing. I sometimes feel like I'm coming out of a trance when I realize what I've been doing.

    I agree that there is something like productive procrastination, if you don't let it run away with you. You are a pretty prolific writer, and have been doing a good job of moving towards your goals, so I guess you're allowed!

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  4. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Hi Gina, one thing I do is to write in places where I would otherwise have to pay to surf, like Barnes and Noble or Starbucks, although you have to watch out for overlapping free zones. When I know I can surf for free at home or at school, it keeps me from paying.

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  5. Good idea, Jon. In the future, when there is free Internet access everywhere, it will take much longer to get a Ph.D.!

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  6. Anonymous4:19 PM

    I've already thanked Gina personally for this cartoon--it's hilarious and a little sad for those of us living in this reality! But it gave me some perspective on how prevalent this problem is.

    I have a suggestion that could be time-saving or time-consuming, so use with caution. If you use regular Google, you are likely to waste time wading through spam and scrolling through irrelevant content. A much more helpful resource is scholar.google.com, which is still in beta form but is a vast repository for finding scholarly articles and books, esp for those of us writing away from our home campus.

    Hope this helps, but set a timer before going there (telling myself this advice also!).

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  7. oh, i went back and found the accompanying article in gina's newsletter--not sure if i missed the link in the blog, but i thought it would be helpful for anyone who can relate to this cartoon. some very sound tips--going offline to practice them now :)

    http://www.academicladder.com/ezines/index.htm#SUB

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  8. Thanks for the link and the reminder about Google Scholar, Nan! You've encouraged me to try my hand at another cartoon.

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