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Will the Spark site thwart my attempts at behaving? Technology is distracting

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I fell away from my original reason to use Spark; tracking my food. I happily blog and read others' blogs getting great advice, shoulders to cry on and in turn give back.
However, today I jumped back into the Food Tracker with both feet to get that next big grip on myself.
The attack of the flashing commercial banners and video advertisements.
I saw something shiny.
My computer was not happy and neither am I. I have a self-diagnosed Adult Hyper-Activity Attention Deficit Disorder.
Slow. Frozen. Restart.
It became a game.
I typed something, the advertisements moved.
I stopped, they stopped.
I typed faster and they STILL caught up with me or slowed my computer down so much I was ready to throw in the towel.
My laptop is not outdated; my patience is.

In the end, after spending 10 minutes wiping out duplicate foods and finding the ones that didn't get selected when frozen, I ended my day of leftovers in not such bad shape.
I HAVE learned something!

I also learned that if this is how the tracker is going to affect my patience, mood and morning, I may have to find something else if I wish to be successful.
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    I agree. Every site I go to now has so much horse dookey they are pumping out that the site is barely useful. Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! It's irritating as Hades as I am the person least likely to be marketed to. I literally don't want much of anything but to be left alone. I am not going to buy anyone's trinkety bull crap. I appreciate free cites but at some point free isn't worth it.
    1929 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    I've had the same problem with the email I use ... wish I could opt-out of the Ford Fusion ad ...
    first world problems, eh?
    1929 days ago
    **SIGH** It's annoying!
    1930 days ago
    I gotta track and the nutrition tracker has been loaded with all my favourites and a whole buncha groupings and . . . occasionally I find the ads annoying but MOST of the time I can work around 'em. (I tried quite a bit of the ad-blocking software recommended by Sparkies but it interfered with OTHER software loaded on by my IT guy . . . so not the solution for me).
    1930 days ago
    Every so often they get a bad "push" ad that drives me NUTS. You click anywhere on the screen and it takes you to the other web site the ad is pushing. Report the problem to Spark and magically it eventually gets fixed or removed.

    Meantime, I find that when they update the site to work better with tablets and smart phone app, it sometimes affects the main site. The foods that don't show up after you entered them from picking them off your favorites list? They are there, but show up only after exiting and coming back to the tracker... if you make the mistake of thinking they didn't take, and pick them again? You end up dealing with duplicates! Yikes.

    Anyway, the benefits for me outweigh the annoyance... and since I have the app on my smart phone, I sometimes bail on the website and enter my foods that way. I NEED to track. Therefore, I will find a way!

    Good luck and much success! emoticon
    1930 days ago
  • LULU4562
    You can use Ghostery to limit or remove entirely the ads. I understand your problem and cannot deal with that stuff either. I have eliminated those annoying ads from my interaction with SP.
    1930 days ago
    Oh - strange... I have been using the tracker for nearly two years and I have never encountered that problem... try it again before you decide it is not worth it! It was a great tool for me!
    1930 days ago
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