admiralawesome said...Well, it's more like removing the temptation. Sure, anyone using my userscript to block the forums, could just turn it off, but that's just bad faith. Instead it's an opportunity to direct your attention to something productive first instead of dealing with distractions from the get-go.Mempo said...I think duck went a little too far on being a "society's self control" spiel. I'm just looking at it in a practical sense. If you are so easily distracted, then blocking a forum is not a solution, as you'll just unblock it when you want to see it.ducksFANjason said...What happened? Facebook happened. Email happened. Internet in general happened.admiralawesome said... I personally think if you require a feature to keep yourself from wasting time, and become responsible, then you have more important things to worry about, and bigger problems.This is exactly what I was about to post. No offense to the OP or anything here I don't mean to call you out specifically just anyone in general with this issue. I mean, what ever happened to our society's self-control? Think about it for a minute: do you really need the feature that blocks the forum so you can do work instead? If you can't just put your head down and get to work when it's necessary, then life is going to be very difficult for you. If that's really the case, then fixing that issue first needs to be your top priority as I would argue that is more important than learning any language.
These days, there are a million possible distractions all around you. Especially for people working with a computer all day (like me). It's quite easy to say "oh wait, let me check X real quick" and down the rabbit hole you go. Maybe you two are very good at self-control but society in general isn't. We're only human after all! The world around us has conditioned us towards instant gratification, and productivity is paying the price for it. Why do you think there are a gazillion productivity apps, or TODO apps out there? Because people need them. Plain and simple. Procrastination is an issue nowadays. Not for everyone, but for a whole lot of people, for sure.
One of the reasons this affects some more than others is just age, job situation etc. If you're middle-aged, have a family and have a full time job, i don't expect procrastination to be an issue really, simply because you got a lot to do (real obligations) and so little time. So you just do it. You go to your job, and when you get home you do stuff with your family. You also remember a time before computers/internet, so you might not use a lot of its possible functions.
Now imagine a student in his college dorm. Heck, let's take me as an example. I grew up with the internet and if i wanted to, i could go a whole day without barely leaving my desk, because everything is digital nowadays. I learn new things, read, watch TV, and chat with friends, all on my computer. Besides classes, i don't really have any obligations. So there is a whole lot of things i could potentially do, but being human, i often follow the path of least resistance. That's indeed sad if you don't experience this issue, but it's the ugly truth and more common then you would imagine. Instead rejoice we want to do something about it.
(the above paragraph is an example, not an assumption about any person here)
My point is your behavioral problems probably shouldn't be up to the application to deal with. I get distracted with things like YouTube all the time, but I'm never going to expect that Google has to do something because of my personal issue.
I'm a 23 year old college student by the way, though I'm not sure if age truly has as much to do with it as you might suggest. Computer Engineering is my major and I'm an intern as a System Admin, I'm probably on a computer more than most.
Most likely, it's better to change yourself to better suit your environment, instead of waiting for your environment to change for you.
And no, behavioral problems shouldn't be solved by the application. But that's why we're only talking about a userscript here, and not demanding that Tofugu implements this for every user (as with your youtube example).
Anyway, i wrote a lengthy piece because people saying "what's wrong with society('s self-control) nowadays" make me think of an old grumpy man, waving his cane at those darn youngsters passing by on their skateboards.