The Verge

A year away from the Internet, it turns out, will not fix your life

A year away from the Internet, it turns out, will not fix your life

How much of your time is spent on the Internet on a daily basis. Five hours? Six? More? I don’t even want to think about it, there is a good portion of my waking hours that are spent with my eyes glued to the computer or smart phone. I have a feeling much of your time is spent taking in an endless amount of information and stimulus as well. This story isn't about video games, but I know much of our audience may be uncomfortable with the amount of time they spend online. This story has to be at least somewhat comforting.

Paul Miller decided to take a year off the Internet, to try to see how it would change him. He was afraid that he was letting his life slip away from him, looking at pictures of cats and responding to e-mails that never slowed down. This is a very relatable fear.

The results were interesting, but they were about what I expected. Bad habits don’t go away because you make a big change in one part of your life; that juicer you buy isn’t a short cut to living healthier, that new laptop won’t always mean that you’ll be able to write a novel, and taking the Internet out of your life merely gives you new ways to be lazy.

The entire essay is fascinating, a little sad, and certainly a bit self-absorbed, but the lesson is worth the read. Staying away from the Internet may change your life, but it may not be for the best.