Are you familiar with that awful, pleasurable sound the Facebook messenger app makes when you refresh it? I certainly am… In the middle of doing hard, important, no-fun work, those tiny moments of reprieve glow like a fata morgana to a thirsty woman crawling the desert of academic boredom.
My brain suggests to me that, even though the work I am intending to do is actually really important, what I really need, right now, to ensure my survival, is to check Facebook. And Instagram. And my email. Again and again.