I feel like I’m constantly online. I have to be watching my email for work, so I feel like a very strong magnet keeps drawing me back into my chair.
It’s nice to get away from the Internet for a few days or a weekend if you can. But when you come back, there’s an overload of information to catch up on. All those blog posts you haven’t read – all the cool pictures on Tumblr you haven’t seen – all those tweets with good links that you haven’t clicked – it’s terribly overwhelming.
I’m trying to combat too much Internet use by shutting my computer down earlier and earlier in the evening. I’ve gotten all my work done and I don’t need to go on the computer anymore today. Time spent outside of the Internet is very precious. Get some face-to-face time with people. Read a book (not an e-book). Play with your pets. Take a walk.
When you return to the Internet after an extended period, it often seems very… unfulfilling. What was I spending hours glued to the computer for? There’s not much substance here… Nothing compares to life away from the screen. Today’s message is… back slowly away from the black hole of the Internet before you lose yourself. 🙂