Awareness vs. the Internet

Internet Choices

How much is the busy-ness of your day the result of interacting with the Internet, in creating or consuming information (email, social media, news and opinion), or engaging in relationships (social networks, dating apps), or some form of virtual reality (games)? How much of the stress in your professional or personal life is due to not having the time to get things done? To what degree are you willing to see that these are related?

In his article How I Got My Attention Back, Craig Mod relates his experience of being disconnected from the Internet for 28 days. He thoughtfully explores the opinions of a number of authors in order to build his case for the importance of attention and the reasons why engagement with all things Internet reduce attention.

"There is a qualitative and quantitative difference between a day that begins with a little exercise, a book, meditation, a good meal, a thoughtful walk, and the start of a day that begins with a smartphone in bed."

Read his article to see the simple rules Mod follows to reduce the influence of the Internet.

A primary discipline in mastering your life is awareness, your ability to pay attention to what's happening to and around you. How much is the influence of the Internet negatively impacting your awareness? What steps are you willing to take to reduce that influence, and what will you do with that extra time?