May 24, 2006

Academic Distraction Disorder (Google Subtype)


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At 10:09 PM, Blogger libraryann said...

but if i resist the can i check this blog? :)

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Gina said...

aye... there's the rub.

At 4:32 AM, Blogger Forum3037 said...

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.)

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Gina said...

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!

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Jon said...

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.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Gina said...

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

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous nan369 said...

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, 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!).

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Nan said...

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 :)

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Gina said...

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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