Today Show: A Year Without Internet
Paul Miller, of The Verge, being struck by the urge to educate himself and read more books, decided to give up the internet for a year. Also feeling utterly overwhelmed by the internet and its constant “more, more, MORE!” nature, Paul felt stressed. “You can’t beat Twitter,” he said.
Today Show: Paul Miller Internet Experiement
The ground rules were pretty simple: no internet at all. He couldn’t cheat by having people use the internet for him, either, though there was one exception when Paul Miller would give his editors a thumb drive with his articles loaded onto them for publication.
Otherwise, he didn’t look at screens, Instagram, or even text messaging. Okay, Paul. I understood where you were going with this until you threw in text messaging. That’s just crazy. What did he use, carrier pigeons?!
Today Show: Loneliness & Boredom
After starting the exercise, he actually felt like it was working! “I was so zen, so blissed,” he said with a laugh. “I was really free from all that distraction.”
Unfortunately, and as expected, the novelty of the loneliness and boredom that at first made him creative, started to just, well, turn into loneliness and boredom. All those books were getting tiresome, and taking care of all those carrier pigeons had to be a difficult task (where did he keep all of them?!)*.
Today Show: Productivity & Dissatisfaction
Though Paul Miller eventually started to cave in on himself without the internet, The Verge writer didn’t come out of this experience without learning a few lessons. For one, his problems with productivity and dissatisfaction were not the fault of the internet, and will find a way to manifest themselves in your life with or without the internet.
So what did Paul miss the most about the internet? Well, once he left the internet, Paul realized that’s where everyone else is now, and he missed the social interaction. When his year came to an end, Paul was extremely overwhelmed and almost panicked. He realized how much brain power is actually required to take in everything that the internet throws at us. Someone get this guy a medal.
* Note: Paul Miller did not actually use carrier pigeons.