Friday, May 15, 2020

Are We Addicted to the Internet?

Photo by Oleg Magni on Unsplash

The Internet is an incredibly useful tool. We can communicate, learn, work and play through this constant connection.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you didn’t have the Internet? You wouldn’t be able to surf on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. You wouldn’t be able to get up to date news and weather. You wouldn’t be able to check email, stream movies or do quick research. Life would be very different.

This is the life I’ve experienced the last couple of weeks as we have moved towards the mountains.

A lot of emotions have coursed through me during this time as I adjust to the disconnect. I’ve gone from panic to relieved and everywhere in between.

I was finally getting a good groove going in my business and balacning creating and sharing my experiences. I was frustrated to get that taken away. I do most of my writing on the computer with files saved online. That would have to change too. A lot would have to change without the being connected to the Internet.

Once I calmed down and started to assess the situation, I realized something interesting...It’s really quiet without the Internet. I didn’t realize the amount of notifications coming in all the time. For once, in a long while, I didn’t feel so distracted.

When we go camping, I seek out what I call “the big breath.” This is when I can unplug from the chaos of life and plug into nature. I am able to breathe deeply and take a step back to reconnect with myself. I felt that after a could days disconnected from the Internet and it felt really good.

This all got me thinking, are we addicted to the Internet? It’s like the more we have, the more we want. There comes a point where it is no longer a tool we use, but a momentum we are now obliged to.

I miss the ease of connection in the same way I miss going to write in coffee shops. I wish I could use it, but I’m doing okay without. I can still connect in town, so I’m not cut off completely. It does make me consider what my priorities are when connecting, which helps me release any unnecessary distractions.

I am learning a lot about my process. I remembered the power of writing by hand. I forgot I wrote the first half or more of “Leap of Faith,” my first novel, in a notebook. I’ve been feeling stuck on how to get into the scenes of my second novel, “Playing House.” I feel like writing it out on paper is the key.

I have also spent a lot of time reconnecting with my Self and my purpose. I am allowing myself to sit in stillness and find clarity in my business, writing and emotional health. This has been a huge eye opener and a perfect way to use the transforming spring energy.

The Internet is a great tool. I miss being able to connect easily, but I am also grateful for this opportunity to disconnect and find direction and peace.

I ask the question, are we addicted to the Internet? I think as a society, the answer is a resounding yes. However, I ask you the same question, are you addicted to the Internet? When is the last time you logged off?

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