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Old 04-05-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Anyone ever done an internet fast? I am going to try it for 30 days and see how it works out. Hopefully I can go for longer than that if I like it. I am going to still check email, but that is about it. See you guys in a while :-)
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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I can see where the internet could start eating up a lot of ones time. Everything in moderation.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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It's easy! I've quit thousands of times!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:56 AM   #4
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I have more experience with Internet slow...
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:38 AM   #5
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Interesting, my older brother lives in an "old farts" condo complex. When mgmt asked if they could send corresspondance by e mail, over 50% of the owners didn't have e mail addresses. So, how does anyone live in a world where they don't change with the times? I wouldn't even try........why should I?........what benefit would I gain?
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:05 AM   #6
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I have several relatives who don't have internet. They range in age from 96 down to 28. If you never have it, you don't miss it.
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I have several relatives who don't have internet. They range in age from 96 down to 28. If you never have it, you don't miss it.
Almost anything that you give up has a cost. THe cost may not bother, but you won't always know what the cost is. For example, I realized that I could not keep on top of all the tricks Facebook used to make the site more ?attractive? by sacrificing my privacy. So I withdrew. But now I am out of the loop of people who no longer use email to communicate, except via Facebook. One very kind friend sent me a birthday greeting, even though she uses Facebook 99.9% of the time.

Same with texting- I use it, even though talking is often easier for me, because if I didn't use it I wold miss some communications that I don't want to miss.
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Anyone ever done an internet fast? I am going to try it for 30 days and see how it works out. Hopefully I can go for longer than that if I like it. I am going to still check email, but that is about it. See you guys in a while :-)
I know several people who gave up the internet (other than their email) for Lent this year. Should be interesting to hear how that went.

I think it would be hard to do this, since the internet is my encyclopedia, my dictionary, my news source, and so much more. I don't have an encyclopedia any more and I don't subscribe to the newspaper, but I do have a dictionary.

Ha, I don't text at all, so maybe I am missing something there. I even had Verizon turn my texting capability off, so that I wouldn't get spam texts.
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The internet is a double edged sword. At times, I've been away on weekend vacations without ever going online and that felt so very peaceful.

Yet at the same time, it can make one feel very disconected. It's so nice to have info right at my fingertips. If I see something I'm thinking of buying, I can just go to Amazon, do a search and check out reviews. If there is a news story I hear about, such as the recent tornados, I can go online and do a search and read in more detail.

For me I think, a week..maybe. A month..that'll be a challange.
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I couldn't do it. I could ditch facebook, texting, and all that, but our banking and investments are online so giving it up completely isn't possible.

I've often wondered what would happen if the internet was suddenly 'not available'. Very scary stuff.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #11
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Don't do Facebook of Twitter, so email is my online line of communication with 5-6 folks that I keep up with. Some daily, some monthly, some "whenever".

I do use internet for health forums, financial forums and forums of interest and could likely give that part up.

But, I pay bills, online purchasing, refill prescriptions and keep track of accounts. So doing without internet would significantly impact me.
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Hey, it's like everything else...... too much of a good thing is bad for ya. Too much food = obese. Too much booze = alcoholic. Too much Internet = Internet whacko.

While camping on Madeline Island (an island in Lake Superior off Bayfield, Wis.) last autumn, we stopped by to check on some folks we were traveling with that trip. We were about to walk the mile+ long beach that's part of the state park and wanted to know if they would care to join us. They declined. One was playing a computer game and the other was looking at pictures of Lake Superior on a web site. Sick.
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What in the world for?!?

Incredible. Maybe you should just stop reading & writing, but I don't think that even Tibetan monks would go that far...
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My daughter and I took a trip to Hawaii last week. While there, we attended a luau where a lady was holding her Ipad up in the air in front of her so she could take a videorecording of the luau dancers on stage. She was effectively watching a full-screen YouTube video of a luau on her Ipad while (instead of) being at a Hawaiian luau.

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Anyone ever done an internet fast? I am going to try it for 30 days and see how it works out. Hopefully I can go for longer than that if I like it. I am going to still check email, but that is about it. See you guys in a while :-)
Tell me about it. What is internet fast? Currently I have Verizon Fios with 35/35 internet speed. Is that fast? Compared to what. I know I'm paying $40/mo for the internet. The speed suits me but I don't do a lot of downloads. DW is into that more than I am and she hasn't had any complaints. Clue me in all you high tech people.
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I have several relatives who don't have internet. They range in age from 96 down to 28. If you never have it, you don't miss it.

She says she never wants the internet, or a computer, or anything to do with it, etc., but when a family member posts their latest baby pictures, she drives over to my sisters to look at them (on my sisters facebook).

She says she doesnt want to do email, but has an email address, when someone sends her an email, her grandson gets it, prints it out, and brings it over, and when she wants to send one (like for example, to an old high school friend in another state), she writes it out, and that same grandson, types it in, and sends it......oh well.....whatever works!
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I have never tried to do any kind of fast and don't plan on starting any now.

I use my computer for paying bills and investments, so I would not want to be without it. I like checking facebook to see if anything is going on with any of my friends and relatives and seeing pictures. My younger brother does not do facebook, but he called me to see where his son was on a recent trip to Canada. His flight had been delayed. I do not check my email often enough, but do every week or two. I also would not want to be away from this site for a month. I learn too many things here (just received my PenFed Platinum Rewards card and we are finally in the Wellsley MF) and I also like seeing what everyone here is up to.
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My daughter and I took a trip to Hawaii last week. While there, we attended a luau where a lady was holding her Ipad up in the air in front of her so she could take a videorecording of the luau dancers on stage. She was effectively watching a full-screen YouTube video of a luau on her Ipad while (instead of) being at a Hawaiian luau.
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I'm glad that dad-daughter vacation worked out. How 'bout a trip report?
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I wouldn't even consider an internet fast. Don't do Facebook or twitter, but lots of online research, email, text. We spent 2 days last year at a resort in Sedona Az that did not have internet or cell phone coverage. It was brutal.
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I'm with Nords and W2R. To me, giving up the Net because I'm spending too much time surfing, would be like giving up all food just because you need to lose weight. All our finances are on-line. All our friends and relatives, even the oldest, are on-line. I did much of the work for my second Master's degree...on-line. If I'm spending too much time on-line, to no real purpose, I turn off the computer for a while.

Now, smart phones. I don't even own one. I'm sure I'm out of the loop in some way because of it, but so far...not much impact.

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