Blonde's Eye View: The antisocial app
Angela Clarke has downloaded an app - but it's not iJiggly
I've become Antisocial. Before you get the wrong idea, it's an app.
Apologies for the product placement, but I'm not the BBC so I don't need to (and I'm too lazy to) use a generic stand in.
Antisocial is an app that blocks access to social media for a pre-selected amount of time. Thus the user is free to work on their computer without the temptations of Twitter, Facebook and anything else you add to the list.
I've restricted access to the Guardian and Topshop - I know my weaknesses. I know my levels of self-control: pitiful.
There's an app for everything nowadays. Want to run a bath from the train home? There's an app for that.
Want to make photos of women's boobs jiggle realistically? There's an app for that. There is, it's called, imaginatively, iJiggly. Clearly no-one other than hormonally charged 14-year-old boys and Seth MacFarlane would use it, but it proves my point.
The joys of the modern world: first it invents a problem (terribly addictive social media), and then it creates a solution (Antisocial).
I need Twitter for my work. As a writer it is both a source of inspiration and breaking news, and a tool for promotion. (Facebook is full of friends and family I'd pee off if I ditched it, so I'm stuck with that too.)
The problem with sending over 39 tweets daily (don't judge me) is that it eats into my writing time. I could switch the internet off, but I'm (just) young enough to claim I can't write without access to Google.
A friend gave me the solution when they recommended Antisocial, via Twitter. Which is so ironic it's off the scale. Wait. Is there an app to test that?
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