Technology makes procrastination easier but it's not the cause

Procrastination seems to be running rampant, but can it really be measured?

Apparently 25 per cent of Canadians are “chronic procrastinators,” while I’d question whether it’s possible to accurately measure something like procrastination, there’s definitely a common perception that procrastination is running rampant and technology takes a lot of the blame.

I am, admittedly, a chronic procrastinator, so I do speak from experience when I say that I don’t think technology is at fault when it comes to procrastination.

Now, don’t get me wrong, technology, especially the Internet, definitely makes procrastination easier. Never before has it been so simple to waste hours without even realizing it. But technology can also be beneficial, if you send an email to someone you know has a smart phone you’re expecting an email back practically from the moment you hit send.

I think that while the Internet can be a huge time sink, it definitely allows me to get more work done in a shorter period of time than I could without it.

And I know that if I didn’t have technology to distract me, I’d just find other distractions.

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