So I'm back from my self-imposed 4 day abstinence from the Neb. Here some observations:
- The first day was real hard. It's got to do with the BiPolar - too many stimuli = hypomania, too few = depression. So I sat in my chair staring into a black coloured blankness most of the day.
- On the second day I had my best meditation session in a long time. As I said in a previous post - hyperlinking your mind all over the place all day long is NOT condusive to good mediation.
- One of the main reasons I did this thing was because Neb "addiction", I believed, was eroding into my work hours. So did I spend more time working when the Net distraction was out the way? Nay.
- I'd been really looking forward to waking up on Saturday morning so I could dive back into the online world. In actuality - a huge anti-climax.
- It's not the internet's fault I'm not working too hard lately - it's my lack of discipline. Likewise, it's not the internet's fault I chose an insufficiently creative field to work in.
- OK so I spend loadsa time on the Neb. But I also practically gave up reading, and only watch 1 hour of TV a week. Seems like a fair trade to me.
- Lifestyle 2.0 is here, like it or not. To vow to stay off the Neb is like somebody in 1910 vowing to stay off the roads. Yeah, car travel also keeps your eyes glued ahead, whilst sitting in one chair. So much less social and rushed than walking everywhere. And friggin dangerous to boot. What was the world coming to?
- "Internet addiction" is a stupid term. Pretty much every aspect of our lives takes place on the Neb, so how can you be addicted to it? Sure you can be addicted to Flickr, or YouTube, or Twitter, but "internet addiction" as an all-encompassing term just does not fly.
- Even if it IS an addiction and BPG is an industrial strength mainliner, so what. I no longer do weed, alcohol, cigarettes, coffee in addition to most good-tasting foods, so I'm certainly entitled to ONE addiction of choice.