Buffering with buffers that aren’t even fun.


I’ve noticed I’ve been buffering with news and Facebook. I’m wondering why I would choose to use those buffers. I know going in that I will likely feel more upset afterwards, but I do this instead of reading a book or bingeing something fun on Netflix. Not that I want to escape all the time, but why choose buffers that produce feelings of anxiety and contempt for the human race? Why do we choose some buffers and not others? I suppose I may have thoughts of needing to pay attention to whatever or “see what’s happening” which drive those buffers, but I also notice I only do this when I’m already upset about something in my own life like an argument with my husband, a conflict with one of my kids or a financial worry. Otherwise I have no desire to check the news or Facebook. I have been avoiding overspending and overeating, maybe my brain is looking for more ways to produce anxiety? I’m puzzled by my buffering choices…