I have in recent weeks been feeling that my life is being overwhelmed by technology and most significantly by the internet. I want to take a step back, withdraw, remove myself from the web and the web from my life. It's an experiment of sorts. I don't know how long the experiment will run, I don't know what I'll learn, I don't even know yet what I'll do as part of the experiment, but I do know that I want to remember what life was like before all of this, and I want to see how much of this I need or even want.
So yes, ironically, this new blog is about how I will be using the internet less.
Why do this?
- I want more time.
- I feel like a slave to my tech addiction.
- I want to interact more with the real world.
- I want to read things on paper, that I can hold in my hands.
- I want my boys to know that I'm reading a book, and be able to see that I'm reading a book -- instead of seeing me hold an iPhone and not know whether I'm reading articles, Googling, Facebooking, watching movies, playing video games...
- I want more and better time with my boys.
- I want less information clouding up my brain.
Why not just go all the way?
It's impractical to completely cut yourself off from tech and from the web. And mostly I don't want to punish my boys' grandparents for my decision to do this. Plus, as an experiment, I think it's fun to share the results as they are happening. And it doesn't have to be all or nothing.
So, I'll be allowing myself a little time every night to update this blog. And a little time every 2-4 weeks to post photos on Facebook. I want to see if I can cut myself off from everything beyond that. Wish me luck... in person.