Contemplating a major lifestyle change - getting rid of internet access at home.
I spend all day at work by the computer, and probably around another 4-5 hours every night with my laptop. Basically, once I get home, I am either eating, playing music, or on the laptop. But mostly, the latter.
A friend of mine has not had a computer at home for the past several years. He says that if he did, he would end up glued to it.
Most of the time I spend online is worthless - downloading/watching TV, surfing, forums, youtube, hulu, porn (not necessarily in that order lol). I also spend lots of time with my “friends” on facebook and instant messenger. But as my friend says, if people would really want to talk to him they’d just text or call him.
Of course, being “online” does make me feel less lonely - chatting with people on my buddy list or facebook. But it’s a false sense of company…
I check my email multiple times at work every day, and also check T-Nation articles etc. I could probably get away with not having Internet at home.
If my laptop is no longer the main attraction in my apartment, I’ll have to figure out other ways to spend my time, and that’s the point - with all that time freed up, I am bound to use at least some of it productively - reading, playing more music, getting out of the house. It sounds healthier to me than spending countless hours vegged out in front of the computer.
I am a pretty compulsive guy, and I work well with extremes… so I’d rather take the plunge and cancel my service than try to set hours etc. Anyone have experience doing this? I’m scared I’ll feel really lonely without it, is that nuts? Reactions, comments, thoughts?