… living-in-the-web

treating-internet-addiction

I think that I’ll invite my sweetheart to go for a walk, or I might play around on the piano or read a real book not on my Kindle … anything but give in to my addiction.

I Used to Be a Human Being – Andrew Sullivan – An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.

 

Andrew Sullivan’s Advice for Beating ‘Distraction Sickness: I was, in other words, a very early adopter of what we might now call living-in-the-web. And as the years went by, I realized I was no longer alone. Facebook soon gave everyone the equivalent of their own blog and their own audience. More and more people got a smartphone — connecting them instantly to a deluge of febrile content, forcing them to cull and absorb and assimilate the online torrent as relentlessly as I had once. Twitter emerged as a form of instant blogging of microthoughts.

Users were as addicted to the feedback as I had long been — and even more prolific. Then the apps descended, like the rain, to inundate what was left of our free time. It was ubiquitous now, this virtual living, this never-stopping, this always-updating. I remember when I decided to raise the ante on my blog in 2007 and update every half-hour or so, and my editor looked at me as if I were insane. But the insanity was now banality; the once-unimaginable pace of the professional blogger was now the default for everyone.

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