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post #1 of 10
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Today I was thinking that between X Box Live and Facebook, I must waffle away at least 4 hours every day.

I therefore started thinking about lending out my X Box and my TV, to prevent me both playing games and then replacing that with watching movies.

I'm also thinking about having 3 months off of Facebook. The whole idea being, not only will I get more done, I will also be forced to find less lazy and more educational ways to spend my free time - namely reading and to a lesser extent listening to music - something I do very little of at the moment.

Have any of you done such a "de tox" and did you find it beneficial?
post #2 of 10
a)good luck

b)you're going to need it

c)http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/30/2988798/paul-miller-year-without-internet
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by TheDarkKnight View Post

Today I was thinking that between X Box Live and Facebook, I must waffle away at least 4 hours every day.
I therefore started thinking about lending out my X Box and my TV, to prevent me both playing games and then replacing that with watching movies.
I'm also thinking about having 3 months off of Facebook. The whole idea being, not only will I get more done, I will also be forced to find less lazy and more educational ways to spend my free time - namely reading and to a lesser extent listening to music - something I do very little of at the moment.
Have any of you done such a "de tox" and did you find it beneficial?

I've dumped my TV several times before and after the internet became an important time sink in my life. It's key to also lose the next addictive machine, like the TV if you want to succeed. The last time I went without TV I became a daily visitor of this site and enjoyed watching TV when visiting friends.
post #4 of 10
As much as I like the idea of a detox, you still have to choose something else to pass the time, so I'd advocate that you actively choose something to replace it, or at least nudge it aside.

For instance, of my free time, I might spend an hour on the internet. The rest of it is housework, running, studying, reading, etc - internet / FB has its place, but these others take priority.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

a)good luck
b)you're going to need it
c)http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/30/2988798/paul-miller-year-without-internet

Yeah, I definitely think I'll need it! That's an interesting link though.
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I've dumped my TV several times before and after the internet became an important time sink in my life. It's key to also lose the next addictive machine, like the TV if you want to succeed. The last time I went without TV I became a daily visitor of this site and enjoyed watching TV when visiting friends.

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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

As much as I like the idea of a detox, you still have to choose something else to pass the time, so I'd advocate that you actively choose something to replace it, or at least nudge it aside.
For instance, of my free time, I might spend an hour on the internet. The rest of it is housework, running, studying, reading, etc - internet / FB has its place, but these others take priority.

Oh I definitely intend to ditch the next addictive machine, that's why I'd get rid of the TV altogether - so I don't replace xbox gaming with excessive film watching.

Thom - yes, my idea was to replace xbox and the net with reading and learning German - I hardly ever read these days - xbox and facebook are just too easy. I also spend way too much time on Style forum too.

My not so cunning plan was to get a good friend to change the passwords on Facebook and Styleforum and another forum I visit way too much (after deleting my messages so they don't snoop!). Then I won't be able to log on easily without resending passwords, and that should be enough of arm’s length to just keep me off them 

Of course I trust said friend not to Frape me and such in the meantime biggrin.gif If I do this, it will probably be next week as I’m as yet undecided.
post #6 of 10
Pls provide your age.....
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by TheDarkKnight View Post

Yeah, I definitely think I'll need it! That's an interesting link though.

Oh I definitely intend to ditch the next addictive machine, that's why I'd get rid of the TV altogether - so I don't replace xbox gaming with excessive film watching.
Thom - yes, my idea was to replace xbox and the net with reading and learning German - I hardly ever read these days - xbox and facebook are just too easy. I also spend way too much time on Style forum too.
My not so cunning plan was to get a good friend to change the passwords on Facebook and Styleforum and another forum I visit way too much (after deleting my messages so they don't snoop!). Then I won't be able to log on easily without resending passwords, and that should be enough of arm’s length to just keep me off them 
Of course I trust said friend not to Frape me and such in the meantime biggrin.gif If I do this, it will probably be next week as I’m as yet undecided.
If you've got questions about German, feel free to pm me!
Oh wait...
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

Pls provide your age.....

I'm 36 Ter smile.gif
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

If you've got questions about German, feel free to pm me!
Oh wait...

Haha yeah, a bit stuck there. Although it's not a total internet ban - I still need to use email and read the news. If you could please pm me your email address, I could then send any German questions there !
post #9 of 10

I got rid of my android phone which has done wonders, so much time wasted on browsing pointless things on the net.

 

Now I use a really shit $20 flip phone. More time to read now.

post #10 of 10
I got rid of the internet and don't own a TV. The "no internet" thing is a bit of a cop-out because I have a computer-based job with lots of downtime.

It's good, but I find I still want to waste like 1-2 hours on mindless stuff every day. Reading isn't passive enough. I listen to the radio a LOT now. It is a big improvement though because usually I end up cleaning or something while listening.

Also, I feel a lot better and more focused on the important things if I've had 1-2 hours of "nothing time." My theory is that you need some braindead hours in a day. My attention is a finite thing and I will literally put music on, lie down, and stare at the ceiling for half an hour if I don't have an alternative like watching internet TV. The advantage to no internet is that my "nothing time" never stretches out into the whole evening.

Another added benefit to my "dead time": with no "sensory stimuli" to kill time, I end up making plans a LOT. If I meet some cute girl at a party I will definitely call because hey, what else am I gonna do?

edit: like the above poster I also own a shitty phone with no internet capabilities. I'm one of those guys who would waste so much time on it if I had the opportunity... Why do you need it on your phone when you can just look up what you need to know and write it on a piece of paper?
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