I've begun to notice a little habit that I have.
I'm generally pretty good about keeping my phone in my handbag whenever I'm having a meal with someone, but if I'm ever alone and waiting for something -- anything, really -- out it comes.
The first thing I do is check my email, to make sure I haven't missed anything important. But once that's done, I start just pushing buttons.
Recently, the next thing I'll do is I'll check my Instagram feed, to see what the people I'm following have uploaded since I last checked.
Then, usually not finding whatever it I was hoping to see, I'll check Twitter: first for any responses to my tweets, and then to see if any of the people I follow closely have said anything that I'd missed.
Then, still searching, I check Feedly, to see what my favourite bloggers have uploaded.
And then, as a last resort, I'll check Facebook.
Then I start all over again. And I do this until my friend arrives, or my name is called, or my turn is up.
The thing is, I've realized, I do this every time I have a wait -- almost obsessively. And more often than not, I find myself somewhat dissatisfied, unable to find whatever it is I'm looking for.
Am I alone in this: this searching online, through blogs, and news readers, and websites, going from one to the next, looking for ... humour? Knowledge? Connection?
I'd love to hear your thoughts: if you find yourself mindlessly surfing the web, what is it you think you're looking for when you do?