By: Jennifer

Everybody knows what procrastination is and the feeling of it. Better to put off the work and do it later. Especially when the deadline hanging over your head gives you an incentive to finish the work, right?  People aren’t alone in these cycles of finishing work at the last minute. Considering that many individuals eventually feel justified when they end up receiving a good grade. I think procrastination is very prevalent and is sometimes even celebrated when individuals seem to have their life in order with ease and procrastination. I also think it relates to the other readings in class, such as the popular culture of capitalism and consumerism. Lastly, although many people are a victim of procrastination, there is no denying that continuing to do so for the rest of an individual’s life isn’t great for anyone’s health.

Many people boast about how little time they spent studying for a test or completing a project. However, as most people know the quality is never an individual’s best work, and the work completed is often the bare minimum work needed. Often people use self-deprecating humor to legitimize the procrastination. This leaves an impression of being ‘chill’ or cool.  On YouTube, and other various sites, there are so many videos on how to procrastinate less or how to become better with time management. However, often times the comments left are individuals who are procrastinating at the moment. When someone is admitting a procrastination habit, it’s almost never in a negative way. It’s a method for people to give off the perception of putting in a little bit of effort for big rewards. Almost like the lottery. Even if an individual is already putting in more effort than they would like to admit, often individuals downplay their efforts to seem like they did most of the work moments before.

   Procrastination relates to the other readings in class like the reading from Bordo, S. (1993) “Hunger as an Ideology.” and O’Brien S. and Szeman, Imre (2004) Popular Culture: A User’s Guide. I think they relate to these reading in different ways, for example in Bordo’s text she wrote, “In this particular ad, the speaker scorns obsessiveness, not only over professional and interpersonal decision making but over food as well. Implicitly contrasting herself from to those who worry and fret, she presents herself as utterly ‘easy’…”(pg 100). I think this quote really shows how many people try to appear in appearances, not just food. Becoming cool and lackadaisical how any time is spent is seen as a good thing to strive for. A big problem that can arise is that people begin to take it too far and begin to see how this deeply impacts their life.

This idea of being a bit hedonistic translates over well into the O’Brien’s reading on page 108, “To put it bluntly, it’s hard to stay focused on the problems of the environment and the increasing corporate influence of government decision making when there’s so much good T.V. to watch.” For many people in the popular culture, if it doesn’t affect them at the moment then it’s not their problem to fix and spend time on. I think this becomes really dangerous when individuals begin to ignore or serious issues that take a long time to fix because of the amount of effort it requires. Additionally, by procrastinating, people support a consumer culture because they distract themselves with T.V., social media, video games, music, or podcasts. This allows for society to encourage breadth versus depth because it allows for the minimum work and effort to gain all the ‘rewards’. In the end, procrastinating too much and often isn’t good for an individual’s health especially with a prevalent use of energy drinks and all-nighters to accomplish tasks which could’ve been done earlier. Perhaps it wouldn’t be easier but it surely is less stressful.

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