Lured by Links
It’s been more than two hours, I’m somewhat disoriented, nothing’s accomplished, and it’s not the first time. Once
again, I’ve been lured by links. Hyperlinks lurking highlighted throughout an article capture my attention, entice me in different directions before I can even finish an article. Inevitably, I start to research a topic and plan to get my work done in a timely manner. What happens? It’s like going to Costco. I walk in knowing exactly where to find the print cartridges, and then notice the AA batteries - always need them. Next I wonder over to the center seasonal aisle - there might be something important. I know at this point I’ve veered off course. There’s no harm in looking at the new sweaters, then there are the books, the two-seater inflatable kayak, free treats, lots of butter, 20 pounds of rice, six containers of Lysol toilet cleaner, packs of chewing gum, and that’s about it. Now where was I? Costco. No, no, no, I was researching a topic. At times, it’s just hard to focus with all of the information
In researching hyperlink, TechTerms.com states that “a hyperlink is a word, phrase, or image that you can click on to jump to a new document or a new section within the current document. Hyperlinks are found in nearly all Web pages, allowing users to click their way from page to page.” Hyperlinks are often referred to as just links, and basically allow people to browse information at hyperspeed. They allow you to fill a “shopping cart” of goods that you may, or may not need (my definition).
Hyperlinks are very convenient and informative, even if they consume time and cause you to stray from focus (thankfully, not budget). Actually, I would like to be able to supplement my conversations with hyperlinks. Think about it. This is what I am saying, but click on this small hand to understand the full expression and deep-seated emotions. Or, click here to connect with the personal associations that brought this comment to surface. That would take some time.
And, taking time to be lured by the links connected to ourselves puts me back on topic. What am I complaining about? The SEARCH is on! Join me.
We access the computer more readily than we do ourselves. LOG OFF
Search Engine: a program on the Internet that allows users to search for files and information.
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