The internet feels at odds with my mission.

To study for the SAT, I need long stretches of quiet time, and I must force myself to push through those challenging periods that make my brain hurt. (Critical Reading passage anyone?)

I’ve learned all too well that “let me take a little break and see what’s happening on Twitter,” can turn into hours down a rabbit hole.

Those who know me might be surprised to hear that I identified with Bill Keller’s New York Times ‘Twitter Trap’ article, in which he describes social media as:

…..the enemy of contemplation…..

….aggressive distractions……

…..the epitome of in-one-ear-and-out-the-other…..


I’m days away from beginning a month of online study with Grockit. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m more than a little nervous.

Will I have the self-control to push through the pain of functions, linear equations, probability, and “compare the two passages,” with Twitter and Facebook at my fingertips?

We shall see.

Wish me luck……


Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis