I’ll go to the office, the library, the coffee shop, or some other place with free public Wi-Fi, and I’ll grab a cup of coffee or something to eat and work on all the stuff I need to do online (publish writing, check email, read blogs, get on goofy websites, etc.). Give yourself one or two hours per week to just goof-off on the Internet (make it a treat, like that piece of candy).
Additionally, because I’m out of the house and there are people around, I meet new people. Don’t kill your Internet, then, but consider this: Embark on a 30-day trial.
But you’re a writer, Joshua, and that’s why it made sense for you! Take your modem and get it out of the house—take it to work, take it to a friend’s house, or do whatever you need to do get it out of the house for 30 days—just make sure you don’t have access to it. You’ll want to get online to do something stupid and you won’t be able to.
I need the Internet for homework/work-work/Netflix/online dating/online gaming/updating my Facebook status/playing Farmville/surfing e Bay for shit I don’t need/stalking my high school boyfriend/etc./etc. Then you’ll want to get online to do something “important,” but you won’t be able to do that, either.
Sure, sometimes I log on to watch some funny videos or laugh at memes, but I go to the Internet with the intention of doing these things.
Whenever I’m on the Internet now, I use it in a deliberate way, in a way that benefits me and my life, a way that adds value.
You probably don’t, and maybe it’s time to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. No longer am I taking unconscious breaks from my life to watch You Tube videos, movie trailers, or to look at funny pictures on some random site. It’s like quitting smoking: you’ll have a craving to get online, and it will take a while to get rid of that craving (that’s why I recommend at least 30 days).
Now when I’m on the Internet, it has a purpose—it is a tool I use to enhance my life. You will be frustrated at first—very, very frustrated at times—but you will live, and your life will be better without it: you will be able to do more worthwhile things, and you will remove some of the discontent from your life. googling my first name plus my city gives my full identity 🙁 folks, keep this in mind before providing your real name.— Erinn Atwater (@errorinn) December 22, 2017 Others users have already unsubscribed from the website entirely.“I deleted my account when they made that change,” says former OKC user Kat Stark, 44.“It’s a terrible idea and makes it less safe for people, especially those who are already more vulnerable, like queer and trans people, and people who aren’t ‘out’ about being on dating sites, for whatever reason, and women.” When the Vancouver native was active on the site she used a made up moniker.“I would not tell people my full real name until we’d been connecting for long enough that they felt safe. If the messages seemed weird I simply didn’t respond to them.