Not enough time

A friend of mine is always say­ing that she wish­es she had enough time to cook. Instead, she reheats frozen food that she eats in front of the tv. “I just don’t have enough time” — she says.

I don’t get it. Why does­n’t she just say she’d rather watch her tv show?

That’s why I don’t watch tv. I’m afraid the moment I do I’ll also start say­ing that I don’t have enough time.

It used to be that television was just about the only option avail­able. Now, there are just so many things you could be doing with your time instead:

  • Start a blog
  • Learn a new lan­guage
  • Go to a meet­up in your town
  • Read a book
  • Write a nov­el
  • Run a store
  • Start a new hob­by
  • Cre­ate videos on YouTube
  • Get to know some­one from a dif­fer­ent coun­try
  • Teach (or learn) a new skill

Clay Shirky noticed in 2008 the shift from a con­sumer to a pro­duc­er cul­ture and how the time regained from mind­less con­sum­ing is being put to use towards col­lab­o­ra­tive projects (i.e: think Wikipedia). He calls it cog­ni­tive sur­plus and it’s chang­ing the con­cept of “not enough time” — because of tv — to “not enough time” — because there are just so many inter­est­ing things we could be doing with it.

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