The swirling vortex always lures me in,
Enticing me with facts I need not know;
Upsetting when I wished to learn crochet
And ended up with Grade Eight cello.
I am back into planning lessons again, and as much as I love it, I have a real problem with slipping into Wiki holes. They are scary because they rob you of hours and I am powerless over them.
Today I needed to find out a little bit about Jekyll and Hyde and lift a little quote from the internet so that the students could analyse it. Three hours later, I knew the story inside out and the advances in medicine at that time and every fact about the emergence of Gothic literature.
I’m sure I can’t be the only person who has this addiction? I struggle with TedEx talks too. I watch one talk on running and then I end up learning about string theory. It’s great to have all this information at our fingertips, but sometimes it’s overwhelming.
I sometimes watch Dawson’s Creek just so that I can remember that time just before the internet really blew up. They don’t carry mobile phones and they don’t take selfies and pictures of their food to put on Instagram. I find that comforting, like a warm hug from an old friend.
I’m hoping to get to bed before midnight, but not before I learn how to play the cello.
5 thoughts on “avoiding the dangers of a wiki hole”
Good luck, Rachel, but I think it may take a bit longer than that: learning to play the cello, LOL!😄
Yep, I think it would take me about twenty years!
There’s no doubt about it – the Internet can be one giant rabbit hole, can’t it? I find the same thing when I’m doing research or supervising my students’ research. It takes discipline to avoid that!
Hopefully, you’re sleeping now. And dreaming of the cello.
I spend hours and hours on Wikipedia rabbit holes. Often it’ll happen when I’m writing my blog and doing research for the story, and I’ll realize it’s been over an hour and I haven’t written anything yet. I prefer to think of it as training for Jeopardy. 😛 And there was one time two years ago when the Final Jeopardy question was directly related to something I happened to have been reading on Wikipedia on my lunch break that day.
(Do you get that show over there?)