Do you mess around on the internet? Ever get stuck in intense loops, checking back and forth between Facebook, Twitter and Gmail? Fooling yourself that you’re doing something important, but, in the back of your mind, dimly aware that you are simply pushing levers and waiting for the next pellet of stimulus like a rat in an experiment?

The correct answer is “goodness, no, I have much more self-control than that,” ideally said while clutching pearls.

But on the off-chance that you are among the approximately 99.5 percent of internet denizens who have lost hours to this sort of apparently mindless behavior, Kenneth Goldsmith has good news for you: It’s actually not mindless at all. Read more…

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This book explains why it’s OK to be ‘Wasting Time on the Internet’