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Pandemic Laziness


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. We're coming up on the year anniversary of the worldwide pandemic lockdown and I came across this article on LinkedIn basically talking about the guilt of pandemic laziness. They go on to say, not every moment where home needs to be spent working. In fact, they encourage quote, cyber loafing or a mind full of mine. mindless scroll through the internet, or social feeds, as research shows, we often come back more productive and focus after such activity. I'm curious what you think about this. I totally disagree with what this article is saying. It's like they're basically saying, it's okay to be lazy and it's, you're a snowflake, you're special, and no one can tell you you're doing anything wrong. That's the way I read it. Like do you think there is a benefit in being lazy? Well,


Larry

I will say this I did make a cyber low for my family last night for dinner. I added a little chili powder was delicious. We all loved it. cyberlaw


Andrew Keller

was that was 100% beef, or did you add in other meats?


Larry

Yeah, no, we definitely added a you can't go full beef, you have to add some pork in there. You know? 20% 20%. That's what you know the thing about the time we're in, I have never I was this article made me think about it. I have never in the history of my life spent so much time at home. I'm not like a major social bunny. But I like to go to birthday parties and gatherings and bars. And I have never been sitting at home so much in my life, in theory, right? Maybe not everybody believes in the Coronavirus as much as me. So I'm home a lot more. So I do tend to scroll to watch movies and things I try not do as much social media. But I'm home. So therefore I do some of these things. I don't think that makes me lazy.


Andrew Keller

It doesn't make you lazy. I mean, the way I read this was like your home a lot and you're not leaving. So take specific times to unplug and not work because I think what a lot of people are doing and we've read about it is you're working more so it's like, it's okay to watch Netflix for a few hours. It's okay to scroll through Instagram. But my take on it is like, don't work all the time. But go for a drive, go for a walk like I think the mindless stuff can can be addicting. And as like, studies have come out more and more recently about how the internet's addictive. And so doing this mindless scroll, is this feeding these dopamine sensors. And I don't think it's a good idea. You should feel guilty for your pandemic laziness.


Larry

So Well, number one, this is the one that I didn't understand about Netflix, right? They the example to use was scrolling for Netflix. I don't understand this. I have a list on Netflix, I see something, I put them on. Every time I want to watch something, I go to Netflix, I'm like, Oh, that's on my list. And I just play that I who sits and goes to Netflix and just scrolls endlessly, and has no idea what they want to watch. Alright, that's me. Really? Yeah, I


Unknown Speaker

don't know what I want to watch on Netflix. And so I'll scroll through


Larry

it. Wow,


Andrew Keller

I do feel a little bit of guilt. And so I walk away from it. But I mean, we keep saying that, like do something active but like what is the balance of you're working all the time and you don't want to spend time working? I just I can't wrap my head around the the benefit of mindless scrolling or my mindlessness, but also, I don't have the demands that a lot of people do you have three kids and maybe completely unplugging is a good way to recharge for you. I


Unknown Speaker

don't know.


Larry

Well, it'd be interesting. I mean, maybe we should charge someone with this study. Like people that mindlessly scrolled before the pandemic. Are they mindlessly scrolling during the pandemic, and they're saying, Well, now I have an excuse to mindlessly scroll. Because I was I've never big mindlessly scroll like, right? I go on a walk, whatever, whatever. I'm not a huge one of those. But so now maybe people use this as an excuse to sort of prove your point.


Andrew Keller

Right? It just feels like oh, okay, this is what I'm doing. It's fine. I mean, also, you shouldn't be wrapped up in guilt with Oh, I should have done this, this and this, like, Don't feel bad about that, but also just be a little bit more productive. Something that I think is interesting that the iPhone does is on Sunday, it tells you your screen, you're up 15% on your screen time, you've spent this much a day, and I definitely get a little gut shot. I'm like, Oh, that's a lot of time on my phone. What, what


Larry

is what's the percentage of people that have that feature turned on? Do you think most people have that turned on so that they can see that on Sunday? Is it like 50%?


Andrew Keller

I mean, it's a default. I never turned it on. So I would say 50 to 60%. I think people might feel bad about it and turn it off. But again, I think this goes back to the what old man Keller says is wrong with with the country on. Don't feel bad for being lazy like you don't need to work hard. Like that's not true. If you want to be successful, do something productive don't mindlessly scroll even. Even if there's something productive isn't related to your job. Like you can, you can unplug from your job and recharge with something that you like that What are you getting from scrolling through Instagram for 45 minutes?


Larry

You're getting just like i think it's it's like it's almost could be someone's like baseball game, right? They get a tune out from the world for 45 minutes or someone's movie or whatever it is this like this zombie time? I mean, I think it's okay. anything in life is okay. Right. But if you could habitually do it, you are just wasting away hours, which I feel like to a certain degree, we all are during a pandemic wasting away hours.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I mean, everything in moderation, even moderation. Something I thought about I when I moved recently, and I got a little bit away from my cold showers. And last week, I was like, I need to get back into them. And I find I took one this morning. And as soon as that's over, I just start checking things off my list. And this is suggesting that people come back more productive and focused after a mindless scroll, which I don't agree with at all. I think a mindless scroll that I'll do. I'll ease back like like, oh, okay, well, maybe I'll get into this. But completing a task shocking your system is more weighed is a better way to come back more focused and productive, I think, than scrolling through pictures of people that you haven't talked to in 15 years.


Larry

What are the odds we could start a movement? It's like no scrolling, showering, cold showering. Can we start that movement?


Andrew Keller

Yeah, if you're feeling a little bit sluggish at work, turn the computer off. Go get in the shower, and you're gonna see what you're made of when you're staring at that cold water knob right before the water turns on that's that's when the rubber meets the road. You know,


Larry

I do hate cold water. I can't do this challenge. You've talked about it a lot. I hate cold water, but I've recently been able to embrace it a little bit and I think the idea of it is way worse than actually getting in it. Yeah, like anything in life. Eat the frog. Anyway, I


Andrew Keller

guess this is in summary. I think this episode is basically complaining about people thinking it's okay to be lazy. I am lazy but I think feeling bad about it makes me not be lazy the next day.


Larry

He's a horrible priest like someone come to confess you to your father. I spent a couple hours last night Just go to work.


Andrew Keller

I think guilt can be a pretty powerful motivator but maybe not. Well, if you're a unsatisfied customer, please reach out you can find us at repost it podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for stepping out Larry's and thanks for stopping by



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