I went cold-turkey on Internet connectivity over the past few weeks, not because I had to get stuff done, but because I had to not get stuff done. It was good not to be so connected.
I remember reading a quote somewhere from the great Italian designer Ettore Sottsass that went something like "The problem with computers is that people will stop painting with water colors."
I love the Internet because of its seemingly infinite potential for engendering connectedness and depth of thought and meaning. But I suspect that there’s a curve of sorts at work here, and as one travels across that curve things start to trend toward the shallow and the trite.
Good for you!
I’ve been active online since about 1991, but in the last few weeks I’ve begun to feel a sense of addiction…as I move more and more of my activities to the same device, in the same room, with at least several windows open to the Internet, I’m spending more time not feeling very good, physically/mentally, but still finding myself pulled towards it when I’m away from it.
MetaCool’s Diego Rodriguez, who’s no technophobe (to say the least), explains why he went cold turkey recently: “I love the Internet because of its seemingly infinite potential for engendering connectedness and depth of thought and meaning. But I suspe…