The Fifth Precept in the Age of Facebook and Trump

Often there’s just a small movement of heart that indicates that, oops, now I’m just wasting time. Or that I’m looking for something to amuse myself. It’s ironic, really: social media both plugs us into bad news and offers candy-like distractions from it. It creates the problem and then pretends to solve it—all because we’d rather have some interesting formations [any physical or mental concepts]  to amuse ourselves. I’ve found it really interesting to observe these subtle movements of mind.

Dr. Jay Michaelson, “The Fifth Precept in the Age of Facebook and Trump