A Year Without the Internet

Paul Miller just got back online after a full year of giving it up. This short film follows Paul through his roller coaster emotional experiences offline. As a viewer, I also felt some weird highs and lows about my own internet consumption.

From Paul:
I was wrong. One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was “corrupting my soul.” It’s a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or “checked my email” or “liked” anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I’ve managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned. I’m internet free.

And now I’m supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. I’m supposed to be enlightened. I’m supposed to be more “real,” now. More perfect. But instead it’s 8PM and I just woke up. I slept all day, woke with eight voicemails on my phone from friends and coworkers. I went to my coffee shop to consume dinner, the Knicks game, my two newspapers, and a copy of The New Yorker. And now I’m watching Toy Story while I glance occasionally at the blinking cursor in this text document, willing it to write itself, willing it to generate the epiphanies my life has failed to produce.

I didn’t want to meet this Paul at the tail end of my yearlong journey.

Read the rest here.

One Comment

  1. allison b-t

    great read! seems that perhaps short internet breaks are a good idea vs. total withdrawal. i wrestle with the urge to delete my FB often but stay because it is a great way to stay connected- especially since i don’t have a cell phone. i also wonder if he will be behind the curve when he returns to work given how quickly technology changes?