Writer Paul Miller returned to the Internet yesterday after spending a year away from it in an attempt to determine what effect (if any) it had on his life. While the first few months of his ‘forced offline’ existence turned out well for him, his eventually spiralled into a series of awful decisions based on fears and thoughts that he couldn’t use the Internet to excuse away. One of his big revelations?
I can’t blame the internet, or any circumstance, for my problems. I have many of the same priorities I had before I left the internet: family, friends, work, learning. And I have no guarantee I’ll stick with them when I get back on the internet — I probably won’t, to be honest. But at least I’ll know that it’s not the internet’s fault. I’ll know who’s responsible, and who can fix it.
I’ve tried numerous times before to curb my Internet usage by breaking away from the ‘Net for brief periods of time. I did so in an attempt to do what Paul did: discover what effect (if any) the Internet had on my life.
My life didn’t get better by even the loosest definition of the word when I took my ‘Net breaks, though.
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