How did the challenge go?Instead of trying to go the whole week during the experiment, I tried going at it day by day. The first day I lasted ten hours before I casually glanced at my feed reader app on my phone and saw that there were over 200 new blog posts to read. The rest of the week varied day to day, but in the end I did learn a few things.
So what went wrong?
- I've gone a week without the internet before. In fact I've gone several thanks to the modern complications of billing issues, vacations without wifi, broken technologies and power outages. It's happened. However, it's never before happened willingly. Knowing that something is right in front of you with total and complete access is much harder to say no to.
- One of the reasons I'm giving myself the small cheats (other than the simple need and convenience of it) is I want to see if pulling out that one brick causes the whole tower to tumble down. Sometimes it does. This week, the few moments I used to blog caused me to forget my experiment and soon after writing a blog post, I'd find myself on Facebook and not really know how I got there.
- The internet is just knowledge and much like the cell phone challenge, when I had a question or wanted to know something, I became quickly frustrated over not having that instant access.
So what went right?
- The day to day step worked a lot better than thinking of things the whole week. I'm working on my "all or nothing" way of thinking, and small steps really helped. Usually when I have a challenge or project and something goes wrong, I toss the whole thing out the window and say, "Fuck it," but knowing I could start from scratch the next day really paid off!
Conclusion:I learned that for the sake of social media, I have too much going on online sometimes.
I am friends with people on Facebook that I don't actually know. More pages than people fill up my Facebook news feed. Not only that but because of a large collection of Facebook groups, I've compartmentalized my life and stopped sharing myself with my online friends simply because, "Oh this probably doesn't go here".
My feed reader is filled with larger websites rather than smaller blogs like it used to be. And while Pinterest used to be the vast wasteland that sucked up all of my time, Tumblr has taken it's place but instead leaves me angry because it's filled with protesting and politics instead of cookie recipes and things to do with mason jars. Clearly, I need to spring clean my online usage.
Did anyone else take the One Week Without the Internet challenge? How did you do?