I have just had another enforced absence from the internets, and to be honest now the dust has cleared, I think it might have done me some good …
We have just got back from another week in hospital fretting and worrying at my daughters bedside. Thankfully I can say now she has made a good recovery and is almost back to her normal self.
While I would have preferred to have been offline by choice rather than this traumatic reason, it did make sure that I stuck with the rules. The last thing I would have wanted was to upset some vital piece of hospital technology in order to catch up on tweets.
Therefore my only internet access was a strict rationing of email checks and the duration of my live webinar which I couldn’t really cancel or pospone because people had paid a charity to get access to it.
Now I am sat here tired but relieved I have realized that my compulsion to check twitter, email and RSS has gone. The weeks incommunicado I have spent this year have accumulated to cure me of my net addiction. You know what? I don’t miss it.
Sure, I still enjoy social media and such just as much as I used to, but going cold turkey has made me realize that having my nose stuck in a screen 24/7 is not only unhealthy but is making me miss the truly important parts of life that are better experienced as a participant rather than a bystander.
Hopefully lesson learned for me.
What do you think? Are you or have you been internet addicted? How did you cure it or plan to? Please share in the comments …