I RECENTLY decided that I was going to spend less time online. As of late, I started to notice that much of my time was spent mindlessly browsing Facebook, twittering and retweeting, scrolling through Tumblr, browsing DeviantArt, and just generally being stuck in a loop on the interwebs. Every site is made specifically to steal your time and draw you in for as long as possible. I mean, I know this is a known fact, and I’m not sharing any new, useful information, but I felt like it was something I needed to say.
I FELT LIKE the time spent literally wasting my time surfing the web could be put to more, creative uses. More time reading, writing, drawing, brainstorming, and what not. Oh, and more time with my kids and my wife, of course! I mean, video games are still a part of my daily repertoire, simply because I don’t think they’re a waste of time. At all. But that’s a whole other rant that I think I’ll save for another time.
IT’S BEEN A FEW WEEKS since I decided to try this out, and so far it’s going pretty well! I go on to check my email, get updates from Facebook, catch up on my social media, and then I just log out. I may even start just unplugging the web from my PC all together. Okay, that’s a bit extreme. I’ll probably never do it, but I feel like it’s some form of progress just to have it cross my mind!
A FEW MONTHS AGO my internet went down, and I was left without any connection to the rest of the world. So to speak? Anyways, I was freaking out cause I practically live online, aside from all the browsing and research I usually (barely) do while I’m connected to the web. I was afraid that no one would be able to contact me, that I was missing out on important information, updates, and that I was missing out on all the good stuff, dude! It was only a few days, and when I finally returned? I had no messages, there was nothing new, and I had missed nothing. Withdrawals, much?
HOWEVER, DURING THOSE BRIEF few days without the web, I was able to get some much needed writing, reading, and drawing done. No longer distracted by the world within my computer, I was free to explore other venues of occupying my time. I guess that speaks a lot more to how much I spend surfing the web than anything else, but you get what I mean. I hope?
HOPEFULLY THIS IS THE beginning of a new chapter in my life and a new chapter of my writing journey, where I get a lot more done. Perhaps.