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Submitted by In2iti0n 531d ago | interview

Disconnected: My year without the Internet

CNN: Miller came back online May 1 after giving up the Internet for a year and documenting his experiences for tech site The Verge. After a nerve-wracking start (including finding 22,000 e-mails in his inbox), Miller is settling comfortably back into the Web's black hole of information and nonstop chatter. (Internet, Services, Web, Web)

In2iti0n  +   531d ago
I think if life without the internet was better, he wouldn't have come back.
CraigandDayDay  +   531d ago
I'm not sure if that's fair to say. Because we've all grown to love the internet, we've also fallen victim to an "addiction" so to speak. It's hard to break away from it. Even a crackhead who went without crack for a year might easily come right back to it. I know that might be a poor example, but u get what I'm saying, I hope. The internet has become integral to so many things we do nowadays and it's really hard to stay away from it for long.
In2iti0n  +   531d ago
Yes, it has become integral part of our lives, but that does not mean that is is bad like crack in your example. Exactly the opposite.

That goes further to support my point that life without internet is not better (like life without crack might be).
MikeMyers  +   530d ago
Life might not be better without it but it could also be worse if you're addicted to it. Far too many people can't seem to live without their devices. I've seen parents ignore their children playing in the park while talking on their cellphone. I've seen people go on vacation and can't seem to let go of their laptop. There's also people who spend way too many hours indoor on the computer.

It's about moderation.
In2iti0n  +   530d ago
Well, Mike, that's true for many things in life. Moderation is key. And lack of moderation does not mean that something is bad, but rather, it means that WE do not use it properly. Our fault. That's what makes the difference.
SilentNegotiator  +   530d ago
People used the phone a lot when it became widely available, too. And radios. And TVs. And toilets.

OH GAWD ITS LIKE CRACK
ChrisW  +   530d ago
I grew up without Internet. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that our school got Internet in the computer labs... It was a blistering 33kbs speed.

With that kind of upbringing, I can imagine a lot of things that I would more than likely be doing more of if I didn't have Internet.

But can I survive now without Internet? Keeping in contact with my family on the other side of the world wouldn't be too difficult... There are land line telephones and international phone rates are getting cheaper.

But, alas, my job does require it.
kingPoS  +   530d ago
Does any one find the act of searching for something additive? Sometimes you'd spend hours looking for whatever, and when you find it...

Searching can be addictive too.
banjadude  +   530d ago
We were switching Internet service providers for my house last month, and we ended up not having access to it for about 2 weeks (it's a long story). Anyways, all I can say is, 2 weeks was very excruciating; I can't imagine going (without Internet) for more than 1 month (let a lone a whole year)!
KingPin  +   530d ago
damn, im not an addict but when my internet is down, i forget the rest of my computer still works.
segamon  +   530d ago
this generation reminds me of the book perfectly titles " Alone Together".

I too am one of those who grew tired of the internet and e-life in general. it's both, good and bad which is why it's hard to leave.

eventually though, it will happen.
KwietStorm  +   530d ago
I couldn't do it.
kaozgamer  +   530d ago
ahahahaha that first comment underneath the article

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