You know you do it. You have those URLs that you save in your bookmarks for the websites you hate. You know you shouldn’t do it. You know your hate-reading actually supports the websites you loathe… but fuck. It’s so hard! Self-control, man. I don’t have it. Do you?
When it comes to hate-reading though, there’s an easy technical solution that can save you from yourself: browser-based URL blockers. There are a ton of options for this, but my personal favorite is one called StayFocusd, which you can use to block any time-wasted website. Let’s be honest though: wasting time is one thing. Goading yourself into a sneak hate-spiral by reading a website that you KNOW you hate, that you KNOW makes you angry? That’s straight up flank-biting. It’s bad for your soul.
Using a browser-based extension like StayFocusd forces you to think twice before you dip your toe into the loathing and intellectual self-harm that is hate-reading. For me at least, having to think twice is usually all it takes. (Your mileage may vary, of course.)
There are similar extensions for Firefox (BlockSite) and Safari (WasteNoTime). If you use Internet Explorer… I’M SORRY! *snork* Just kidding! You don’t even need an extension, you can use built-in parental control tools to parent yourself.
Oh, and if you REALLY need to save yourself? Consider the internet kill-switch.