Paul Miller talks about his year offline. Two points that stood out to me:
The Internet (or fill in the blank with any thing: booze, shopping, work, etc.) isn’t the problem, we are:
What I do know is that I can’t blame the internet, or any circumstance, for my problems. I have many of the same priorities I had before I left the internet: family, friends, work, learning. And I have no guarantee I’ll stick with them when I get back on the internet — I probably won’t, to be honest. But at least I’ll know that it’s not the internet’s fault. I’ll know who’s responsible, and who can fix it.
And, the Internet isn’t the absence of interaction with real people, but a tool for being social:
But the internet isn’t an individual pursuit, it’s something we do with each other. The internet is where people are.
Don’t get me wrong. I do think we should spend less time online, but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.