I was unsure of what to post today. I was uming and ahing about a few things but then something caught my attention this morning. I was procrastinating getting up, in bed (I fear this is now a daily occurrence for the lot of us) when I came across the No Internet Week on Twitter. Oh the irony; it burns.
My inner fight against the internet has been a reoccurring thing for a long time now, it’s like I constantly binge and fast data in this never ending cycle. I’ve done a digital detox before and I found it amazing but it was so easy to get back into old habits. I will now smugly list all the of ways I have lowered my internet use since though:
1. I now follow only 28 people on twitter and have about 40 friends on Facebook (this is kind of irrelevant because Facebook makes me what to poke my eyes out with a hot spoon but it still feels 100x better than having 500 people I don’t really know or hate. Sorry.)
2. I have deleted about half of my iPhone apps and for once have spare memory.
3. A few weeks ago I started turning my 3G off and not using internet outside the house and turning all internet off just before bed until I was up and ready the next morning. (From the start of this post you can tell I have sucked at doing this all week.)
4. I have stopped relaying on GPS and TFL tube updates to get around.
5. Yesterday was the first time I watched more than one episode of something on Netflix for over a month.
5a. This is most likely to be because our internet is now much slower so HD flickers in and out like a b****.
I digress. The point is I LOVE being without the internet, but like any good addict my drug of choice just keeps pulling me back and I let it. I’ve done a pretty good job of considerably lowering my internet use but there are still some days where I get nothing done because as soon as I get up I am on YouTube and you have lost me for the rest of the day. If I start the day on the internet, it’s likely that I’m ending it on the internet too. So when I came across No Internet Week I saw it as an opportunity. An opportunity to force myself away from the screen and into a world of productivity once again. There has to be a way I can cut down my internet use even more in every day life and I think this is the best way to find out.
There are 5 people taking part in the official No Internet Week which you can see here. They are posting a video every day. So far I’m finding James Brown hilarious. “Sometimes I feel like smashing my phone and the rest of it up. Chucking it in the fire.” Me too James, me too.
I’ve decided to start my week of no internet on Saturday. My only exceptions are if I need to use the internet for university work then obviously that’s OK, there’s no point in trying to have a productive week if I’m not allowed to do any work and I would still like to blog because that’s also something productive for me and it would be helpful to keep a log of how I’m doing. Everything else I will have to wave goodbye to.
Let me know if you have gone without internet too, I’d love to hear about your experiences before I have to go internet free.