Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Doing without Internet

I'm SUPER sorry I couldn't update my blog for the last two weeks. Unfortunately I didn't have internet access. I know, this sounds horrible and it really had disadvantages as you can see, but during that time wihtout internet access I noticed some important things I'd like to share with you.

First of all the situation was different than voluntarily passing a few days without internet. I didn't choose to do without it. But after all, I think that's what made it so effective.

Without having any opportunity to update my blog or check my messages or even post pictures on Instagram I didn't have to fight against the will to check my phone. I couldn't find excuses like "Only 5 minutes. Just to text back.". Don't we all turn these 5 minutes into 15 or even 30 minutes as soon as we hold our phone in our hands? Well, I said it a thousand times and I'm saying it again: I couldn't find any excuses, I didn't have internet acces, I could do nothing except phoning someone.

So, when I completely forgot about my phone ans the will to check it for new messages, I started doing other things I would normally do. I started with cleaning my room and after that I continued with other things that came into my mind. At the end of the day I suddenly realized how much I'd done that day. Every time I finished doing something I found something new to do and it went on and on like that. I didn't have to take breaks to check my phone what probably would've taken more than 5 minutes since the internet and social media are full of distractions that get you keep saying "One more minute." or "One last click.".

Another thing I realized was while phoning my friends we suddenly had much more things to talk about. Without being able to text for days we couldn't tell each other things we wanted to in short messages without keeping up a real conversation.

As you can see, the internet is taking much more time from us than we think. Next time you wonder where the time has gone, ask yourself how many minutes, hours you have spent checking your phone and got caught by the endless content of the internet and social media.

Of course there are many advantages of the internet, too. I'm not telling you that it's best to completely live wihtout internet. I just wanted to share this experince with you to make you aware of the time we spent with our phones that seems so little, but also distracts us from doing other things for which we might not find any time for.

I think it's a good idea to reduce that time and instead of checking your phone every 30 minutes you could reduce that time to 1 hour. And the next week you could try to only check your phone every 2 hours.

Have you every tried to reduce the time you spent with your phone? Or did you have to pass days without any internet access? I'd love to hear your experiences!

See you next week!

Keep smiling!

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