What did people who work office jobs do before the widespread use of the internet?
I didn’t get a “day” job until the internet was already a part of office culture. In fact, my first day job was web-based researching and writing for business almanacs (yes, it was as exciting as it sounds), so I spent my entire work day online. This also meant that part of my day was spent fucking around online and not working, and that was ten years ago, before the true time wasters had even been invented.
One of the things that gets me through the drudgery of office life is my ability to take a 10-minute break and write in my blog or look at pictures on facebook or read reviews on Amazon or shop for plane tickets for my next trip. If I didn’t have that outlet, I’m not at all sure what I would do. Talk to my coworkers? Stare into space? Make lists of other places I’d rather be? Make unnecessary trips to the bathroom?
I refuse to believe that the people who worked in offices two or more decades ago spent the entire day working. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It also makes Crystal go cuckoo.
[Please note that this is not a work ethic thing. I have no problem with working hard. I do have a problem with spending 8 or more hours a day staring at a computer and not being creative.]