Get Off the Internet

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I haven’t used Facebook in weeks, and I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels.

I’ve been progressively uninterested in the internet in the past few months, and while I’m a little disappointed about that and feeling something like nostalgic for the good ol’ days of Livejournal, MySpace, and AIM, it’s also turned out to be a good thing. It’s not exactly news that people are “addicted” to their phones and technology and mindless scrolling, and I’m not even close to immune, but I’ve gotten so much better at it lately and it’s amazing how much better I’ve been feeling.

Things I’ve done besides scroll:

  • started a quilted project
  • knit a shawl
  • read more books than I thought I could handle
  • improved my cooking skills
  • started practicing yoga
  • gone to the gym on a semi-regular schedule

This isn’t to say that I don’t use the internet–obviously it’s how I’m posting this, and I still spend countless hours on YouTube. What I am saying is that I’ve started cutting out the toxic parts from my life. Personally, this was mostly Facebook and Twitter because people would always be sharing news that outraged them or posting general complaints or call outs or criticisms, and it all piled up on me emotionally until I realized I just needed to turn it off.

And this weekend, instead of constantly checking my notifications, I plan to go on a hike, finish another book, and maybe work on my next zine. I also hope to get back into learning photography and finish up revising my novel in the coming weeks, and I’d like to think those are pretty reasonable goals.

June 8, 2018
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