Online journalist who quit the internet for the year is back and documented his experience

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  1. soulx
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    http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/1/4279674/im-still-here-back-online-after-a-year-without-the-internet

    There's also an ongoing Reddit AMA.
     
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  2. Ericthegreat

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    Welcome back
     
  3. Rydian

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    That was a good read.
     
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    You can take a man out off of the internet, but you can't take the internet out of the man.
     
  5. Snailface

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    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    The last 5 minutes of snail's life:

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    <reads article> "My lifestyle is justified! ^_^"
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  6. Rydian

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    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    I have a related story that I really, really want to see if I can find from my archives. Wish me luck.

    EDIT: Damnit, couldn't find it. I remember on Gaia once, we met somebody who was asking how to do basic tasks with his computer. Turns out he lived in the middle of nowhere, and while he was mature, had simply never dealt with technology before. His older brother, who was in the military, sent him a computer. So we got to watch him, in the thread, asking us and learning about all the wonderous things that computers could do. It was one of the most uplifting threads ever.
     
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    Further evidence that it's not about the destination; it's about the journey.
     
  8. J-Machine

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    This article was written with a mindset that already established itself from his many years of internet usage and changes in societies way of communicating. I'd also wager this man has mental health issues that caused his rapid decline during the course of his no internet year, despite spending the first few months enjoying it greatly. He simply replaced online social interactions with books and video games as it was more comfortable an alternative to the efforts needed to interact with others. In fact he reverted to his old self by the end of it but changed what he did with that mindset thanks to having no internet.

    All this article taught me was people are indeed creatures of habit that are created by the reactions made in past experiences that lead to how they react to future experiences.
     
  9. mechadylan

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  10. Satangel

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    This sounds really cool, about half way through atm, very interesting article. Ty
     
  11. Veho

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    Huh, turns out the internet is just a tool, and not the cause, of procrastination.
     
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    That's one year that's gone to waste.
     
  13. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    Why? He didn't live in a cave, he went on with his daily life (and job), he just didn't use the internet. The only thing he missed was a few memes.
     
  14. Eerpow

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    Everything in moderation really, he shouldn't have spent that much time on the internet in the first place, but he shouldn't live a life completely without it either.
     
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    That was very interesting. I liked how everything started going great, and then normal life without the internet kicks in and he had to start asking himself the hard questions.
     
  16. Engert

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    This right here is worth repeating and doesn't just apply to Internet but any other addiction.
     
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    So by getting a change of pace, he altered his lifestyle for the better, until he eventually fell back into old habits. Albiet the habits were slightly different due to lack of internet influence, they were still negative habits. It's an interesting topic.