An Internet Detox – what I learned
9th July 2015
When I went on a holiday nearly a month ago I decided to take on a challenge and go internet free for a week.
It wasn’t exactly hard considering everywhere I went I had to pay for WiFi, or was having too much fun to care, but I did it and it was an achievement.
I learnt a lot from my internet detox (as MissPond put it!), particularly about myself and what makes me happy.
When I was internet free I was happy and relaxed. Sure, that might have been because at the same time I was indulging in my passion of travelling and enjoying a lot of free booze, but I’m also sure that having no internet made an impact too.
It’s obvious really. I wasn’t able to check my emails, so I didn’t have to worry about bills or job applications. I wasn’t able to check the news, so I wasn’t made sad by all the negative events happening around the world.
That instantly relives a whole lot of stress and negativity from my life.
I also didn’t have access to social media, and being away from it for so long made me realise that social media was making me unhappy too. Particularly Twitter.
Why? Well, because I was following a lot of people who made me feel a whole load of emotions I shouldn’t have been feeling; annoyance, frustration, sadness, jealousy, bitterness and pure anger.
I firmly believe that if you surrounded yourself by negative people then they will have an negative impact on your life.
So I unfollowed all of these people.
And I have no idea why I didn’t do it soon, because since I’ve unfollowed these negative people I’ve started enjoying Twitter so much more.
I was probably worried about upsetting someone. I’m clueless as to why I felt like this because:
a) I’d never met them before.
b) If I had met them before and they were making me feel bad then I didn’t need them in my life any more.
From what I learned during my internet detox I have decided to take some simple steps forward to keep my positive spirits up:
- Unfollow/remove people from my life that make me unhappy.
- Turn off social media and email notifications on my phone and tablet so that I feel more disconnected.
- Take more days away from the internet. Continue to learn about myself.
Have you ever taken an internet detox? If not, you really should give it ago!!