The other day I was taking a well earned break from surfing the web on my computer, by surfing the web on my phone and came across an interesting article on being 'Internet Lite'. At the time I didn't think much of it, but recently I have begun to notice how much time I spend glued to the internet on one of my many devices. It got me thinking about the article (I cannot remember where it was but I will try to find it). The idea of Internet Lite is to minimise the time you spend randomly browsing the internet and maximise your awareness of what's going on around you. In many real life social interactions any silence or break in communication is filled in with a mobile phone or tablet, we no longer have use our minds to think of the next conversation starter. There is always something to discuss on the internet, however trivial it might be. I think this, in some ways, could hide issues that really need discussing. The issue becomes worse when you are on your own. Whilst taking a bus journey a couple of weeks ago I arrived at my destination not really aware of how I got there. I had walked out of my house, got my phone out of my pocket and that was it. I was slightly horrified to think that the whole mundane, but valuable, 30 min was spent reading nonsense on one of many social networks. I could have read a book, drawn a picture (badly, thats why I am a photographer), even stared out of the window. All things that could have inspired me or improved me in some way. That is not to say that the internet is an evil black hole of procrastination, but it is not the only way to gain inspiration and stay in touch with people. When you think about it honestly, you probably spend most of your spare time on the internet. I know I do.
The idea of going Internet Lite (for me at least) is to reduce the time spent on the internet and pay more attention to other forms of interaction and inspiration. That's not to say I'll cut the internet out of my life altogether, but I will try to increase my productivity when I am on it. Over the festive period I will only use the internet for 1 hour a day. A designated hour at that. The only time in the day that I can browse the web, use social networks and check my email will be between 15:00 and 16:00. It doesn't sound too hard but when you actually start adding up how often you mindlessly do it during a day, it starts to sound more of a challenge! I hope this will mean that I can concentrate on spending time with my family and other activities I might have bypassed, whilst looking at more photos of cats.
I am beginning to make some lifestyle changes that will boost my creativity and productivity, which will help make 2014 the best year yet.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ps. Found the original article in being Internet-Lite over on be more with less.