Welcome to folks to a self help post. How is this a self help post? Because by sharing this with you guys it is is helping myself, and you if necessary, to avoid the internet. Or, at least reduce the number of hours spent on the internet.
I will bring to the front that these bullet points come from the website WikiHow.com, and I am simply adding my notes to each point. Call it plageurism if you will, I’m not directly stealing it, and nothing in this post is copy and pasted. See the original here if you don’t believe me! I’m also not doing all the eleven points in the article. I’m just picking five or six that are relevant to me.
- The first step on WikiHow’s How To Avoid The Internet is: Admit you have an addiction.
I, Dean Kealy, admit I have an internet addiction. I am wasting hours and hours of my life staring at a screen when I could be out doing other brilliant things!
- Realise more and more people are becoming addicted to the internet.
Yes, I am not the only one who is addicted to the internet. Whether you waste your hours away here on WordPress or Facebook, or even YouTube, I would consider spending more than an hour (even two) is you addicted to the internet, simply because you need that fix everyday!
- Get a hobby or an interest that doesn’t involve the internet, video games, TV, cell phones, smartphones, portable media players or computers.
Okay, so maybe it is easier than you think to pull yourself away from the internet. I guess there are plenty of things we could do, considering it really wasn’t that long ago that the internet wasn’t as accessable to us as it is now!
I am an avid reader, when I am not glued to my laptop/phone, and I’m always drawing and painting even when I do be on the laptop and on my phone. So maybe need to pick up my book and read now instead of going onto my laptop to read some blogs, or watch endless YouTube videos. And instead of scrolling endlessly through Twitter and Tumblr, I could be sketching or painting a masterpiece!
- Complete your studies.
While at present I am currently not a student, this one does ring alarm bells in my head. I have been out of college now for little under a year, and already I am getting the urge to go back. I have no idea what I should do (maybe Journalism?), because I do know it will help me reduce my time spent on the internet, or worst case scenario I’ll spend 3-4 years procrastinating the whole time on the internet…
- Hang out with friends.
This one isn’t as easy as I would like it to be. At this stage in my life, all my friends, including myself, have jobs, and as well as that I live 2 hours away from my closest friend. So when we do get to meet up and hang out, it’s usually for occassions or when for some miraculous reason, both our schedules are clear at the same time.
- Use an alarm clock or timer.
This is a brilliant idea, and relates back to my point above about any more than an hour or two and your an internet addict. So, if I do fancy some internet time, maybe an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening wouldn’t do any harm. It would also give me the perfect chance to throw together a blog post for the following day, and check my emails and just about have some time left over to watch maybe just one or two YouTube videos!
It’s that easy?!? When you sit down and think about it, yes it really is. If you find yourself struggling to reduce the amount of time you spend on the internet like I did, simply type in “how to avoid the internet” into Google, and the answer is there for you… although now that I think about it, isn’t this all a bit contradictory? I’ve spent the last 20 mins writing this on the internet when I could have been reading/drawing, and you’ve wasted the last 5 minutes reading this when you could be becoming the next Leonardo da Vinci–go on, SCRAM! Get outta here! 😉