Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm tired of the internet

I'm not sure what happened. All of a sudden, I find myself completely uninterested in the websites I used to enjoy obsessing over. Rasmussen Reports, stock tickers, email, google analytics, Ron Paul fund raising numbers, they all seem like a total waste of time.

This is great. Not sitting on my computer is going to free up hours and hours of my day. But what will I do instead? Hm...I do have some books I've been meaning to read. I'm behind on my Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazines that Aunt Kathie kindly subscribed me to last spring. I have been meaning to take my dog out for walks more often. There are some drawings I've had in mind. And of course there is always plenty I can do to help out the Grand Old Party. I actually decided to write this blog post only because I needed something to do.

I wonder if this boredom with the computer is a permanent shift or just a phase that will pass.

18 comments:

Cindy said...

Wow, I hope that rubs off on me. I seem to want to be on teh computer more. Even after being done with work!!!

Aunt Kathie said...

In my experience as a computer addict, you go through ups and downs. When I first found Huffington Post, I could not stop being there and then one day, I could not stand being there... the novelty wore off and there were no good topics to argue about... and a tendency for all of us to be making the same rants over and over. But I find that happens to me in other areas too. I'm obsessed fora while and then I'm not. I'm afraid your addiction is probably not over. But I could be wrong. You are a much wiser and more disciplined person than I am... and you have a life.

I Love You,
Aunt Kathie

SnoopMurph said...

I actually had to force myself away from the computer a few nights to just get some much needed sleep. I keep thinking of things to look up.

Brandon W. said...

I just stumbled across your blog while searching "raw foods" on Google. So I sat here and read the whole thing from start to your latest post, in one sitting.

Can we say "addicted"?

I left tech in 2000 after being laid off (because the world did not, in fact, implode). After 6 months of not finding a tech job I decided I hated it anyway and got myself a job as a photographer. I feel your plight....

Diana said...

Hi Brandon!

Thank you so much for reading my blog and taking the time to post such a nice `comment. My day has been somewhat sucky, as my iBook (which I stupidly did not back up) completely died last night. You have totally made my day. I really appreciate it.

Brandon W. said...

Diana,
I'm sorry to hear about your iBook, bu I'm glad I could help your day improve! Your raw food recipes look delicious, and as I am just starting to figure out how I can be a raw foodie I believe I will make use of some of them. Oddly enough, I have wanted to move to Asheville ever since I visited a few years ago. Also oddly, I just got back from a trip to the Seattle area (Bellingham is awesome). My wife and I plan to move this summer and we're really looking at Asheville, as well as Raleigh and Charlotte and some other places outside NC. It sort of depends on what jobs we can find, but - like you - I'd rather own some rental properties and live off the income. Or a cool website. ;-)

88guy said...

I was sitting at my computer (after waking in the middle of the night for
some reason) and thought, "Wow ....I thought this day would never come. I'm sick of the internet - there's not one single, solitary page that I care about seeing." Maybe I can find a hobby. I'm not sure. My reality has been virtual for a long time, now. Actually dealing with other, real humans...? It's an unsettling prospect.

Ezra Hilyer said...

I have begun to feel the same. Not only that; but I find that now the internet has started to just sap my creativity.
I find myself just reading the same blogs, and not creating my own content.
-Ezra
http://www.straypoetry.com

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled to know I am not alone. I have been on the internet since the days when it was just text, the graphic explosion has been wonderful, but I quite tired of reading this global experience of ideas, opinions, perspectives etc. I have had enough. I am back to researching libraries, professional journals and scholarly writings. This is no longer something I want to participate in. I'll travel to foreign countries and get first hand experience, rather than entertain opinions from those who have never left the sofa.

Anonymous said...

No, it's not only you... the internet has become "too much", in the early days it much more fostered independence/decentralization and new ideas, now so much has disappeared into commercial intranets and "the cloud" - void of any uniqueness or personality. It seems Cable TV style internet is on the rise. My interest has plummeted a lot... the web browser is the new idiot box... I'll take a good book or walk in the woods before sitting at the computer anyday.

Anonymous said...

I Googled "I'm tired of the internet" after yet another bout with Circadian arrhythmia during which I tried to amuse myself with the usual inane round of surfing. I encountered the same rotation of YouTube personal insults (rather than anything resembling opposing opinions),the ever-maddening state of global politics, legions who believe that the fate of the world is inextricably linked to the Kardashians, etc., and an overwhelming majority of self-professed Anglophones (well, that's the word they'd use if they knew what it meant!) who can't determine the proper use of "you're" versus "your," "who's" versus "whose" and offering as many spelling variations of the word "definitely" as there are urls in cyberspace. I have concluded that I need to wean myself from the technological and TV teats. I find thst I'm responding to ideas but not absorbing many meaningful ones as I flip from window to window in this largest of all loony bins. Good luck to you on yout quest to take back your cyberless sanity. Thanks for the reassurance that I am not alone in my ennui.

Lupatrian said...

I found your post because I'm SO bored, I Googled "I'm sick of the internet. All of a sudden, there's nothing that interests me. Is it like that commercial:
Wife: "I thought you were surfing the net?"
Husband: "I was. I'm done." -??

Anonymous said...

if i was watching tickers and following ron paul i would get board too

Anonymous said...

Just searched, (im tired of the internet) and im here, on the internet... Some days i wish the internet would just go away. It just grabs you like an episode of jerry springer. From trollers on message boards to the video suggestions on you tube that keep you clicking. Im thinking my brain at least for the moment is fried, i can barley think for myself, follow instructions and have no creativity. 10 years of the internet holding my hand has ruined me. And i let it. Thankfully smartphones are now handing the (need) end of the internet. Banking, Movie times, want ads, weather...I do get on less. But just one boring night of furious message boarding and youtube commenting and i feel im right back on the bottom. LOL i feel like a crack addict. But how can i be cool if i dont know the internet meme of the month? I replaced TV with the internet 10 years ago and thought it was a great idea. Now im not so sure. Im now jaded, cynical, and negative. Stay off the internet. It may take years for me to get all this garbage ive accumulated out of my head. Now im back to my new board game...of which im having a hell of time understanding since there is no youtube video showing 100% how to play, step by step.

Anonymous said...

I too googled "Are You Tired of the Internet" aqnd that includes the Web. I don't think it has anything to do with how much time you spend on it. After awhile it's just overwhelming. Linking, searching, reading, opinions, how to do any and everything guides, reviews of everything in the world,the next thing, the best of, the top 50, Blogs with every conceivable topic and of course business is booming. Twitter, Facebook, Myspace,

You get to a point where you realize the Internet and Web have taken the mystery and wonder out of everything. Too much of everything 24/7. The world peeking over your shoulder and then you feel like you have to even share THAT so go create a blog! Lol.

I agree we have up and down times when we just need a break and can come back fresh but it really doesn't matter.

Eventually you have to confess you've seen it all, looks all the same. Mostly hype and getting more boring every day. The Internet only survives because they are making it impossible not to use it for something essential, including finding jobs.

Having said that, there are some wonderful and interesting people, things, etc. But at the end of the day, you just feel like "So what?"

Crazy because that is exactly what keeps us from permanently disconnecting.

Let's face it, it's just not normal to live life hooked up to a machine whether it's stationary or mobile and our brains are trying to make that clear to us.

You know what my first thought was before landing here? Write a blog post instead. Oh my...this comment is a blog post. Sigh. Lol.

Thomas said...

Get a new up to date computer. The internet is so useful. I use it in arguments who is right or wrong. Just Google it and you get a ton of answers. If you use the internet correctly (to find info in ever day life)it can be very useful. Explore the internet and you get unlimited answers. So use the internet as a tool instead of a social communication because that can get very boring. Either way good luck and when one of those thousands that go threw your head daily just google it ;)

Anonymous said...

God I am tired of all the digi shit!
Life was much better without all this!

Sea Row said...

I too got bored with it and I'm glad.
I am no longer interested in it like I once was. Sure I use tech and technology but I've walked away from it in many regards. I find so many people that use tech on a consistent basis are actually very anxious and anxiety producing individuals people.