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Had To Give Up The Internet

This past week I had to give up my home internet.  I was just spending waaaay too much time on it.  It got to the point where I timed my internet usage.  In just one Saturday, I clocked in at 8 hours.  It was that time that I realized that enough was enough.

I see my internet usage as a true addiction, as though it is a drug.  My internet time takes time away from me hanging out with friends, and doing the productive activities that I want to do.

It's been about 5 days since I gave up the internet.  I'm very surprised to say this, but I don't miss it at all.  I got some errands done, and even picked up on my art.  I go to bed at a reasonable time now, and I'm rarely late for anything.  My life just seems to be more wide open.

I plan on using the internet at work and school only.  That way, when I do get the chance to use it, I'll have an actual need to.  Plus I can better regulate my time too.  Spending hours on the internet doesn't seem like much, if you do it only occasionally.

ChimericMuse ChimericMuse 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 12, 2010

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I find the same, and it does take some self-discipline to limit yourself. <br />
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For some users it may depend on their social life. If that's necessarily limited, especially by being single, fora like these, or "vanity sites" like Twitter & Facebook offer a sort of chummy all-in-it-together retreat (I refuse to use vanity-sites & recently cancelled my pointless, short-lived Friends Reunited registration.)<br />
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Unfortunately that may create a descending spiral of loneliness and keyboard-addiction. At least this evening I made myself prepare some outdoor-pursuits equipment for the coming weekend, and paint a machine-tool bench I'm making for my home workshop, before turning on the "confuser".

It is very addictive but dont think its hard addiction to get out of. I'm hooked on it at the moment. But when im out for the day where there is no internet, i dont miss it until im on the way home and realise i havnt used it all day and am impatient to check my messages. Thing is for me, once im on it, i find it hard to step away from it.