This past week I decided to try an experiment while spending five days at the National Speakers Association Convention. These meetings tend to be very fun but also full of intense learning. I decided that during the event, I would not access the Internet.
I’m the last person to lead a revolution against the online world. But I wanted to remove it from my life for a few days so it wouldn’t become a distraction. Other than occasionally looking at a TV or scanning a newspaper, my world view would be limited to roughly a half mile area.
Here’s what I found:
- I did miss the ability to connect to family and friends and find out what’s going on in their world. Also, it is easy to get accustomed to being able to pull up information instantly.
- I realized that while the Internet offers a huge amount of knowledge, most of it is nice to know but not essential.
- There’s a lot of negative information online. Simply reading the news of the day can shift your mood.
- The Internet, like TV, shouldn’t become something to fill time but rather a tool to enhance your life. Just because something is out there and easily accessible, doesn’t mean you have to drink from the fire hose.
Obviously, I’m back online now but I’ll be more selective with the amount of time I invest in cyberspace.