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5 Lessons Learned By A Guy Who Quit The Internet For A Year
Business Insider ^

Posted on 05/03/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT by Java4Jay

About a year ago, Miller was convinced that the Internet was making him unproductive, and even corrupting his soul. So at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2012, Miller unplugged his Ethernet cable, turned off his Wi-Fi, and replaced his smartphone with a "dumb phone."

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Everything was great at first but Miller eventually realized just how wrong he was.

Here are five lessons he learned.

The Internet wasn't holding him back from being creative and productive. He was solely responsible for his shortcomings.

Paper books are great and you don't need the Internet to learn new things. But it still takes motivation to read a book, with or without the Internet.

Receiving a dozen letters a week can be just as overwhelming as receiving hundreds of emails a day.

It's harder to find and connect with people without the Internet. "It's easier to text, or SnapChat, or FaceTime, than drop by someone's house."

"A 'Facebook friend' is better than nothing."

1 posted on 05/03/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: Java4Jay

So in other words the internet helps people which is why the Kenyan in Chief will eventually let the UN regulate it.


2 posted on 05/03/2013 12:29:11 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Java4Jay

I only get on the internet to update my anti virus software.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 12:29:55 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Java4Jay
The Internet is like any New Technology, it can become a crutch Or it can be a useful tool.

It all depends on the person using it.

4 posted on 05/03/2013 12:30:58 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Java4Jay
Receiving a virus in an E-mail is less dangerous than receiving virus by the post office.
5 posted on 05/03/2013 12:34:38 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Java4Jay

Internet is essential, it is why even homeless folks spring for a ten dollar library card, a guy I met in the library gave his home address as that of the police station, which is right across the street from the library.


6 posted on 05/03/2013 12:34:38 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: soycd

I only get on the internet to update my anti virus software.


I don’t use it at all. Never have. Never will. It’s evil.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 12:35:12 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: soycd

are you logged in?


8 posted on 05/03/2013 12:36:34 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: cuban leaf

Them internets are just a passing fad.


9 posted on 05/03/2013 12:37:10 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Java4Jay
But it still takes motivation to read a book, with or without the Internet.
I read two or three books a month ... none via the Internet.
10 posted on 05/03/2013 12:39:20 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Java4Jay

I can quit the Internet anytime....I mean it.....really......in fact I’m going to go away right now.........yep.....anytime now..........you’ll see....


11 posted on 05/03/2013 12:39:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Java4Jay
it still takes motivation to read a book

For me, interest is all it takes.

12 posted on 05/03/2013 12:39:48 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: cuban leaf
I use it to read the post on Free Republic.
Sometimes I peek at naked women.

13 posted on 05/03/2013 12:40:05 PM PDT by DeaconRed (Call it what it is: Attempt at People Control: NOT GUN CONTROL. Gun control is holding it steady.)
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To: soycd

I only get on the internet to update my anti virus software.

And to get on FR and tell us......


14 posted on 05/03/2013 12:50:29 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Don't forget love)
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To: cuban leaf

But yet you are here.


15 posted on 05/03/2013 12:55:04 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: BornToBeAmerican

My goal is to understate the obvious.


16 posted on 05/03/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Java4Jay

17 posted on 05/03/2013 12:56:04 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: Rusty0604

But yet you are here.


Am not!


18 posted on 05/03/2013 12:56:20 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: oh8eleven

I read two or three books a week and I’m not
addicted to Freerepublic, I can quit any time I
want, really.


19 posted on 05/03/2013 12:58:32 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Java4Jay
"A 'Facebook friend' is better than nothing."He's such a loser.
20 posted on 05/03/2013 12:59:20 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Rusty0604

But yet you are here.


To be honest, I posted that to see what it feels like to be Obama. To say something utterly ridiculous and believe that 47% of the population would take it at face value because I said it.

It’s kinda heady. ;-)

And then you smacked me back to reality. :-(


21 posted on 05/03/2013 1:00:14 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Java4Jay

I only use the internet for Busines Insider. I’m waiting for the trillion dollar platinum coin raffle.


22 posted on 05/03/2013 1:01:03 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: BornToBeAmerican
I only get on the internet to update my anti virus software.

And to get on FR and tell us......

Never mind all that. Are you logged in?

23 posted on 05/03/2013 1:01:16 PM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: PoloSec

Not for everyone it isn’t.


24 posted on 05/03/2013 1:03:07 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: dfwgator

It’s not a problem with me either. I can stop it anytime I want. Honest! Doesn’t have its hold on me. No sirree! No way hosay, I can drop it in a minute-—— really!!!!!!


25 posted on 05/03/2013 1:06:23 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Java4Jay

Interesting experiment. I didn’t quit the internet, but I’ve really scaled back on what I do here. If it weren’t for FreeRepublic I’d go days without logging on.


26 posted on 05/03/2013 1:10:16 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: dfwgator

Pfft, that’s easy. I’ve quit hundreds of times!


27 posted on 05/03/2013 1:12:55 PM PDT by Epsdude
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To: bgill

A Facebook friend is not a friend.


28 posted on 05/03/2013 1:22:03 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Java4Jay

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=YozC8yFrZKI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYozC8yFrZKI

The internet is on computers now!


29 posted on 05/03/2013 1:23:28 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: oh8eleven

I read a lot of books on the interwebs. Lots of great classics available for free.

I’m sure someday I’ll have a Kindle or equivalent, but for now I just use the laptop, which everybody says nobody is willing to do.


30 posted on 05/03/2013 1:26:39 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Java4Jay

OMG, can you imagine having to shop for Christmas presents at the local mall?


31 posted on 05/03/2013 1:27:14 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: dfwgator
***** can quit the Internet anytime....I mean it.....really......in fact I’m going to go away right now.........yep.....anytime now..........you’ll see....*****

Thats the same way I quit smoking, I just put one out, hands shaking, neeed a ciggy...I quit for 3 minutes..

32 posted on 05/03/2013 1:31:19 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Java4Jay
I love the quote by Bill Gates in his book, Road to ? sorry can't remember his insignificant book he wrote in the 90's. "the Internet is an insignificant technology" Bill Gates 1990

He said that because his talent was not coding it was contract writing, his parents taught him well. He ripped off so many innovators (my family included). Look at him now, trying to play catch up with his first victim of his steal it and then dare them to sue you, Steve Jobs, he was the innovator.

33 posted on 05/03/2013 1:39:41 PM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: cuban leaf
*I don’t use it at all. Never have. Never will. It’s evil.*

Abraham Lincoln warned us against using the Internet too much.

Also, it suffered irreparable damage when Jen from the IT Crowd dropped it

34 posted on 05/03/2013 2:03:08 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Java4Jay

Yeah go get ‘em. I hate the internet as well and refused to ever access the internet from the very begiinning. I use mental telepathy to post my comments at Free Republic. I use no electricity and use a horse to travel about. if I ever need to travel between cities I use the train. Clothes? Use a loin-cloth. :-)


35 posted on 05/03/2013 2:10:57 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Java4Jay
A 'Facebook friend' is better than nothing."

Not really.

36 posted on 05/03/2013 2:17:54 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Java4Jay

What is an “Internet”?


37 posted on 05/03/2013 2:28:50 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Java4Jay

My musical skills have increased significantly since I discovered jam tracks on Youtube.

It’s all in how you use.


38 posted on 05/03/2013 2:31:07 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Java4Jay

I have a job that cannot possibly work without the Internet. My personal life? No problem. The Internet helps with buying things, looking up information, and staying in contact, but most of the people I know actually talk to each other and meet face to face. A simple phone works as well as anything the Internet provides.


39 posted on 05/03/2013 2:32:45 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Java4Jay

Lesson #6 - It’s still more embarassing to go to the adult video store in person than it is to get your porn online.


40 posted on 05/03/2013 2:34:29 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Alberta's Child

I went one summer with no computer in my house (and I don’t have a smart phone.) I’d walk to the library about twice a week and check my email, assure my mom via Facebook that I’m still alive, and that was about it. I did get an AWFUL LOT DONE. But it’s like dieting... even though I’m better off without it, I drifted back because it’s an easy, cheap, and pleasant time-waster.


41 posted on 05/03/2013 2:38:49 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Java4Jay

I’ve heard of this Internet thing but I don’t think I’d like it very much. It’s sort of like tubes, isn’t it?


42 posted on 05/03/2013 2:40:10 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: cuban leaf

Good one!


43 posted on 05/03/2013 2:58:46 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: cuban leaf

PS: you didn’t have a video of your nose in the air when you said it and a bunch of media and elites fawning over how smart you are so you were at a disadvantage.


44 posted on 05/03/2013 3:08:28 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Java4Jay

Wow. How many Adobe updates were waiting for him when he reconnected?


45 posted on 05/03/2013 3:18:30 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Age of Reason

The beauty of Internet books is that I can increase the font size.


46 posted on 05/03/2013 5:32:55 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Java4Jay; Revolting cat!
5. "A 'Facebook friend' is better than nothing."


47 posted on 05/03/2013 6:35:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Vermont Lt; Revolting cat!
The beauty of Internet books is that I can increase the font size.

I HAVE THE POWER!!!


48 posted on 05/03/2013 6:38:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Boogieman
Lesson #6 - It’s still more embarassing to go to the adult video store in person than it is to get your porn online.

But you miss the friendly service of the clerk saying "have a good one" as he rings up your purchase.

49 posted on 05/03/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Rusty0604

You’re too kind. :-)


50 posted on 05/03/2013 7:45:48 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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