I’m quitting the internet for a year

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I’m quitting the internet for a year.

I’m fed up with the constant distraction, the constant noise, the constant pressure to be “productive” and “connected.” I’m done with social media, I’m done with email, I’m done with online news and I’m done with online shopping. For the next 12 months, I’m going “off the grid” and disconnecting from the digital world.

It’s not going to be easy. I’m a freelance writer and editor, so my work requires me to be online. I’m also a graduate student, so much of my coursework is done online. And, of course, there’s the personal stuff: staying in touch with friends and family, sharing photos and memories, reading the latest news and gossip.

But I’m done with all of it. I’m done with the constant distraction of the internet. I’m done with the pressure to be “productive” 24/7. I’m done with constantly comparing my life to everyone else’s seemingly perfect life on social media. I’m done with the constant bombardment of ads and clickbait.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this extra time and brainpower, but I’m excited to find out. For the next year, I’m going to be disconnected from the digital world. I’m going to read more books, take more walks, and actually talk to people face-to-face. I might even start writing that novel I’ve always talked about.

Who knows, maybe I’ll even come back to the internet after a year off and appreciate it more. Or maybe I’ll find that I’m just fine without it. Either way, I’m ready to disconnect and find out.

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