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Subject: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 12/13/17 at 11:31 am

Are digital detoxes a thing now?
https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/11/13/digital-detox-tech-addiction-millennials/

Seems like some people have to pay for it. Well, I did it in 2013. I was depressed, and I've been an Internet addict since 2005. I deleted my Fb and shunned most online media and forums with blocking software and just not using Internet at home a lot. Used a very cheap, small smart phone that made reading web pages not very nice.

The results? Well I was on antidepressants, but I was calmer and felt nice to not follow all the drama and political and other negativity. I get too worked up over bad things happening in the world. I rather focused on being outside and in nature. It was hard keeping up with people but I didn't have any friends then and it was easy to just unplug. I used to read just a few forums but only during working time. I don't know why but the more I am outdoors the better I feel. In 2014 went back to college and the Internet addiction started again lol. I think WiFi at home is worse than cable net as it's not just a matter of unplugging one device and I can't just turn off the WiFi. For me the Internet is like a drug. :D

I think since 2016 maybe such news/media/internet fasts make more sense? I've seen the Internet get even more negative since then, especially news sites. They are no longer readable, except only the cultural/music/tech pages. I'm fed up with this toxic political negativity from all sides, MRAs, SJWs etc. Do you agree?

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 12/13/17 at 2:23 pm

I took two months off the Internet in early 2014. I just completely stopped. I had productivity blog posts added to Pocket, which I read on my eInk eReader, but that's it. It was okay, I was slightly more productive. But I really enjoyed it when I came back to the Internet after my break and talked to some of my old friends on Facebook. I can't live without Internet ;D

I have found it useful sometimes to take a short break from my biggest time sinks every now and then, when I need to get my life in order. Usually just 3 or 4 weeks is enough. :)

By the way, if you have Windows, get this program called FocusMe. It will lock you out of websites you specify, completely, on ALL browsers. It's impossible to unlock too if you set it up properly.

For Mac, I made my own "FocusMe". I can send the code to anyone who wants it, but unlike FocusMe it's not completely impossible to break it, if you know how to code.  :-[

For Android, I like using the app "Forest". I bought the paid version. It's a cute little app, where you plant a tree, and it grows in 25 minutes, as long as you don't touch your phone for those 25 minutes. The paid version plants a real life tree every time you plant ~50 virtual trees in the app.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Slim95 on 12/13/17 at 11:43 pm

I wish we can go back to a time where people weren't so obsessed with their phones. I love technology, but the obsession with it is too high in society today. I just find it sad when I'm on the bus and everyone is looking down on their phones or connected to their phones through headphones. We need time to unplug and have moments of nothingness. It's very concerning when people can't function without their cell phone.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 12/14/17 at 2:47 pm


I wish we can go back to a time where people weren't so obsessed with their phones. I love technology, but the obsession with it is too high in society today. I just find it sad when I'm on the bus and everyone is looking down on their phones or connected to their phones through headphones. We need time to unplug and have moments of nothingness. It's very concerning when people can't function without their cell phone.


I know just what you mean Slim, it's everywhere nowadays people just can't get away from their smartphones or what I call them "dumbphones", I don't own a smartphone and right now I have no desire at the moment to own one cause I have a regular computer at home that does the very same thing so maybe when my computer at home goes dead for good we will see about me getting a smartphone.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/14/17 at 2:53 pm


I wish we can go back to a time where people weren't so obsessed with their phones. I love technology, but the obsession with it is too high in society today. I just find it sad when I'm on the bus and everyone is looking down on their phones or connected to their phones through headphones. We need time to unplug and have moments of nothingness. It's very concerning when people can't function without their cell phone.



On the bus? Try in our living room. When the kids come over, that is pretty much what they do. I understand about checking emails and such but when they spend most of the visit staring at their phones, I think it is rude.



Cat

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 12/14/17 at 3:34 pm



On the bus? Try in our living room. When the kids come over, that is pretty much what they do. I understand about checking emails and such but when they spend most of the visit staring at their phones, I think it is rude.



Cat



I know the feeling, most of my family when I come over my uncle's house, most of them after a certain time they just spend most of their time looking at their phones.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 04/25/18 at 12:37 am

I'm taking a small break from this forum and most other forms of social media as a digital detox, until June.

After the Toronto attack, I not only had to see the unthinkable happen in my safe, quiet city, in my favourite neighbourhood in where I've made many memories just 4 km from my workplace, I had to listen all the baseless speculation on social media about how it was ISIS, a white nationalist or whatever pet theory. Then there the dumb tasteless jokes and cheap laughs over regulating trucks instead of regulating guns as the death toll kept climbing. Then there were all the concern trollig comments asking if he white, black, brown, black, green, immigrant, Martian, do Armenians count as white, do Armenians count as Muslim, he's not a Syrian refugee but he looks like one so he may as well be one etc. Who gives a flying TOSS.

The depravity of humanity knows no bounds. There were people with real lives that died that day. And these sick and twisted people only cared about these attacks in so much as it furthered their disgusting political agenda. These people are sick and should be ashamed of themselves.

It turned out the attack had no political motives at all. Now the conversation is radio silent. The people who were hurt were discarded just like that. Only worthy of compassion insofar as it furthers my political agenda. Shameful.  8-P

And now on this very forum there was a poster who tried to imply the entire attack was a hoax and didn't occur. Those people didn't die. Those dead bodies on Yonge Street are fake. Those screaming and crying people waiting to hear news about their missing family members at Sunnybrook Hospital are paid by the government. "Keep an open mind" he/she says. Poster has a history of posting anti-feminist garbage and the attacker, because he is of the same ilk, the poster feels the need to concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory lest his political ideology (which is clearly trash) be under threat. Now those victims aren't even worthy of compassion, they're worthy of contempt, because they're liars, because they're not only not helpful to my political ideology, they're actively harmful to it. That is all that matters in this world. @John Titor you are a sick and disgusting individual but I hope you resolve whatever gave you such utter lack of compassion because it sounds like you've been in dark places.

The Internet is one of mankind's greatest inventions and revolutionized the way we live, but at the same time it has provided an outlet and cesspit for people like Alek Minassian and political ideologues to revel in their filth and to spread it all over. Despite what these vicious people say we should never ever forget that people are PEOPLE. None of this is virtual, the Internet is not real life, people are not cheap political points in your dumb ePenis debate  video game you made for yourself. STOP dehumanizing people!

I can't stand it much longer. That's why I'm taking this break. The Internet is good but I won't ever let it make me forget that people matter more than my politics. I apologize for prefacing my short departure with a long rant but it needed to be said.

RIP to the (as of this writing) 12 good people who lost their lives in Willowdale on that fateful day, and my thoughts are with those who were injured and their loved ones. The day will go down in infamy. Every time I walk that street, which is very often, the thoughts of the scene will haunt me. A neighbour put it succinctly: "Toronto lost its virginity today" :\'(

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 04/25/18 at 5:52 am


I'm taking a small break from this forum and most other forms of social media as a digital detox, until June.

After the Toronto attack, I not only had to see the unthinkable happen in my safe, quiet city, in my favourite neighbourhood in where I've made many memories just 4 km from my workplace, I had to listen all the baseless speculation on social media about how it was ISIS, a white nationalist or whatever pet theory. Then there the dumb tasteless jokes and cheap laughs over regulating trucks instead of regulating guns as the death toll kept climbing. Then there were all the concern trollig comments asking if he white, black, brown, black, green, immigrant, Martian, do Armenians count as white, do Armenians count as Muslim, he's not a Syrian refugee but he looks like one so he may as well be one etc. Who gives a flying TOSS.

The depravity of humanity knows no bounds. There were people with real lives that died that day. And these sick and twisted people only cared about these attacks in so much as it furthered their disgusting political agenda. These people are sick and should be ashamed of themselves.

It turned out the attack had no political motives at all. Now the conversation is radio silent. The people who were hurt were discarded just like that. Only worthy of compassion insofar as it furthers my political agenda. Shameful.  8-P

And now on this very forum there was a poster who tried to imply the entire attack was a hoax and didn't occur. Those people didn't die. Those dead bodies on Yonge Street are fake. Those screaming and crying people waiting to hear news about their missing family members at Sunnybrook Hospital are paid by the government. "Keep an open mind" he/she says. Poster has a history of posting anti-feminist garbage and the attacker, because he is of the same ilk, the poster feels the need to concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory lest his political ideology (which is clearly trash) be under threat. Now those victims aren't even worthy of compassion, they're worthy of contempt, because they're liars, because they're not only not helpful to my political ideology, they're actively harmful to it. That is all that matters in this world. @John Titor you are a sick and disgusting individual but I hope you resolve whatever gave you such utter lack of compassion because it sounds like you've been in dark places.

The Internet is one of mankind's greatest inventions and revolutionized the way we live, but at the same time it has provided an outlet and cesspit for people like Alek Minassian and political ideologues to revel in their filth and to spread it all over. Despite what these vicious people say we should never ever forget that people are PEOPLE. None of this is virtual, the Internet is not real life, people are not cheap political points in your dumb ePenis debate  video game you made for yourself. STOP dehumanizing people!

I can't stand it much longer. That's why I'm taking this break. The Internet is good but I won't ever let it make me forget that people matter more than my politics. I apologize for prefacing my short departure with a long rant but it needed to be said.

RIP to the (as of this writing) 12 good people who lost their lives in Willowdale on that fateful day, and my thoughts are with those who were injured and their loved ones. The day will go down in infamy. Every time I walk that street, which is very often, the thoughts of the scene will haunt me. A neighbour put it succinctly: "Toronto lost its virginity today" :\'(

I'm really sorry that you're taking a break if i'm one of the reasons that you're taking break then i'm really sorry please don't leave.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/18 at 5:57 am


I'm taking a small break from this forum and most other forms of social media as a digital detox, until June.

After the Toronto attack, I not only had to see the unthinkable happen in my safe, quiet city, in my favourite neighbourhood in where I've made many memories just 4 km from my workplace, I had to listen all the baseless speculation on social media about how it was ISIS, a white nationalist or whatever pet theory. Then there the dumb tasteless jokes and cheap laughs over regulating trucks instead of regulating guns as the death toll kept climbing. Then there were all the concern trollig comments asking if he white, black, brown, black, green, immigrant, Martian, do Armenians count as white, do Armenians count as Muslim, he's not a Syrian refugee but he looks like one so he may as well be one etc. Who gives a flying TOSS.

The depravity of humanity knows no bounds. There were people with real lives that died that day. And these sick and twisted people only cared about these attacks in so much as it furthered their disgusting political agenda. These people are sick and should be ashamed of themselves.

It turned out the attack had no political motives at all. Now the conversation is radio silent. The people who were hurt were discarded just like that. Only worthy of compassion insofar as it furthers my political agenda. Shameful.  8-P

And now on this very forum there was a poster who tried to imply the entire attack was a hoax and didn't occur. Those people didn't die. Those dead bodies on Yonge Street are fake. Those screaming and crying people waiting to hear news about their missing family members at Sunnybrook Hospital are paid by the government. "Keep an open mind" he/she says. Poster has a history of posting anti-feminist garbage and the attacker, because he is of the same ilk, the poster feels the need to concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory lest his political ideology (which is clearly trash) be under threat. Now those victims aren't even worthy of compassion, they're worthy of contempt, because they're liars, because they're not only not helpful to my political ideology, they're actively harmful to it. That is all that matters in this world. @John Titor you are a sick and disgusting individual but I hope you resolve whatever gave you such utter lack of compassion because it sounds like you've been in dark places.

The Internet is one of mankind's greatest inventions and revolutionized the way we live, but at the same time it has provided an outlet and cesspit for people like Alek Minassian and political ideologues to revel in their filth and to spread it all over. Despite what these vicious people say we should never ever forget that people are PEOPLE. None of this is virtual, the Internet is not real life, people are not cheap political points in your dumb ePenis debate  video game you made for yourself. STOP dehumanizing people!

I can't stand it much longer. That's why I'm taking this break. The Internet is good but I won't ever let it make me forget that people matter more than my politics. I apologize for prefacing my short departure with a long rant but it needed to be said.

RIP to the (as of this writing) 12 good people who lost their lives in Willowdale on that fateful day, and my thoughts are with those who were injured and their loved ones. The day will go down in infamy. Every time I walk that street, which is very often, the thoughts of the scene will haunt me. A neighbour put it succinctly: "Toronto lost its virginity today" :\'(
Take care in all you do.

There are times now, when I think about coming back online after a break.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Dundee on 04/25/18 at 7:54 am

No wonder as sites like YouTube and Reddit have become a breeding cesspool of alt-right extremism, borderline neo-nazism and other weird paranoias blaming all their problems in life on SJW and the darker skinned. The influence on the younger minded is starting to get out-of-hand which is simply disheartening.

Take care of yourself, Slowpoke.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Elor on 04/25/18 at 8:04 am


No wonder as sites like YouTube and Reddit have become a breeding cesspool of alt-right extremism, borderline neo-nazism and other weird paranoias blaming all their problems in life on SJW and the darker skinned. The influence on the younger minded is starting to get out-of-hand which is simply disheartening.
I think the extremism goes both ways. There are also plenty of people who blame everything wrong on white males. ;)

@Slowpoke
I hope your time off will be refreshing and easing your mind. Take your time until you feel right again and then come back. :)

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: John Titor on 04/25/18 at 8:34 am


Take care in all you do.

There are times now, when I think about coming back online after a break.


That is not what happened, I made a comment about how its weird his head was bald in one shot and in the next had hair, never said the event never happened, and event made a thread about how it was sad

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: CatwomanofV on 04/25/18 at 3:04 pm


I'm taking a small break from this forum and most other forms of social media as a digital detox, until June.

After the Toronto attack, I not only had to see the unthinkable happen in my safe, quiet city, in my favourite neighbourhood in where I've made many memories just 4 km from my workplace, I had to listen all the baseless speculation on social media about how it was ISIS, a white nationalist or whatever pet theory. Then there the dumb tasteless jokes and cheap laughs over regulating trucks instead of regulating guns as the death toll kept climbing. Then there were all the concern trollig comments asking if he white, black, brown, black, green, immigrant, Martian, do Armenians count as white, do Armenians count as Muslim, he's not a Syrian refugee but he looks like one so he may as well be one etc. Who gives a flying TOSS.

The depravity of humanity knows no bounds. There were people with real lives that died that day. And these sick and twisted people only cared about these attacks in so much as it furthered their disgusting political agenda. These people are sick and should be ashamed of themselves.

It turned out the attack had no political motives at all. Now the conversation is radio silent. The people who were hurt were discarded just like that. Only worthy of compassion insofar as it furthers my political agenda. Shameful.  8-P

And now on this very forum there was a poster who tried to imply the entire attack was a hoax and didn't occur. Those people didn't die. Those dead bodies on Yonge Street are fake. Those screaming and crying people waiting to hear news about their missing family members at Sunnybrook Hospital are paid by the government. "Keep an open mind" he/she says. Poster has a history of posting anti-feminist garbage and the attacker, because he is of the same ilk, the poster feels the need to concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory lest his political ideology (which is clearly trash) be under threat. Now those victims aren't even worthy of compassion, they're worthy of contempt, because they're liars, because they're not only not helpful to my political ideology, they're actively harmful to it. That is all that matters in this world. @John Titor you are a sick and disgusting individual but I hope you resolve whatever gave you such utter lack of compassion because it sounds like you've been in dark places.

The Internet is one of mankind's greatest inventions and revolutionized the way we live, but at the same time it has provided an outlet and cesspit for people like Alek Minassian and political ideologues to revel in their filth and to spread it all over. Despite what these vicious people say we should never ever forget that people are PEOPLE. None of this is virtual, the Internet is not real life, people are not cheap political points in your dumb ePenis debate  video game you made for yourself. STOP dehumanizing people!

I can't stand it much longer. That's why I'm taking this break. The Internet is good but I won't ever let it make me forget that people matter more than my politics. I apologize for prefacing my short departure with a long rant but it needed to be said.

RIP to the (as of this writing) 12 good people who lost their lives in Willowdale on that fateful day, and my thoughts are with those who were injured and their loved ones. The day will go down in infamy. Every time I walk that street, which is very often, the thoughts of the scene will haunt me. A neighbour put it succinctly: "Toronto lost its virginity today" :\'(


I am sorry you & your community were assaulted. You will be missed but I do understand about unplugging from time to time-I have done that myself. Please hurry back.



Cat

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 04/25/18 at 3:08 pm


I'm taking a small break from this forum and most other forms of social media as a digital detox, until June.

After the Toronto attack, I not only had to see the unthinkable happen in my safe, quiet city, in my favourite neighbourhood in where I've made many memories just 4 km from my workplace, I had to listen all the baseless speculation on social media about how it was ISIS, a white nationalist or whatever pet theory. Then there the dumb tasteless jokes and cheap laughs over regulating trucks instead of regulating guns as the death toll kept climbing. Then there were all the concern trollig comments asking if he white, black, brown, black, green, immigrant, Martian, do Armenians count as white, do Armenians count as Muslim, he's not a Syrian refugee but he looks like one so he may as well be one etc. Who gives a flying TOSS.

The depravity of humanity knows no bounds. There were people with real lives that died that day. And these sick and twisted people only cared about these attacks in so much as it furthered their disgusting political agenda. These people are sick and should be ashamed of themselves.

It turned out the attack had no political motives at all. Now the conversation is radio silent. The people who were hurt were discarded just like that. Only worthy of compassion insofar as it furthers my political agenda. Shameful.  8-P

And now on this very forum there was a poster who tried to imply the entire attack was a hoax and didn't occur. Those people didn't die. Those dead bodies on Yonge Street are fake. Those screaming and crying people waiting to hear news about their missing family members at Sunnybrook Hospital are paid by the government. "Keep an open mind" he/she says. Poster has a history of posting anti-feminist garbage and the attacker, because he is of the same ilk, the poster feels the need to concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory lest his political ideology (which is clearly trash) be under threat. Now those victims aren't even worthy of compassion, they're worthy of contempt, because they're liars, because they're not only not helpful to my political ideology, they're actively harmful to it. That is all that matters in this world. @John Titor you are a sick and disgusting individual but I hope you resolve whatever gave you such utter lack of compassion because it sounds like you've been in dark places.

The Internet is one of mankind's greatest inventions and revolutionized the way we live, but at the same time it has provided an outlet and cesspit for people like Alek Minassian and political ideologues to revel in their filth and to spread it all over. Despite what these vicious people say we should never ever forget that people are PEOPLE. None of this is virtual, the Internet is not real life, people are not cheap political points in your dumb ePenis debate  video game you made for yourself. STOP dehumanizing people!

I can't stand it much longer. That's why I'm taking this break. The Internet is good but I won't ever let it make me forget that people matter more than my politics. I apologize for prefacing my short departure with a long rant but it needed to be said.

RIP to the (as of this writing) 12 good people who lost their lives in Willowdale on that fateful day, and my thoughts are with those who were injured and their loved ones. The day will go down in infamy. Every time I walk that street, which is very often, the thoughts of the scene will haunt me. A neighbour put it succinctly: "Toronto lost its virginity today" :\'(


take care Slowpoke and hope to see you soon when you return. :)

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 04/25/18 at 3:36 pm

I am also quitting the board for wanting a detox and getting my posts ignored in here. I feel so lonely, almost suicidal. :\'( Thanks to the very few that commented on them. I wanted to meet many US friends so if you want to have Fb friends you can send me a PM with your Fb profile so I can add you!

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Elor on 04/25/18 at 4:24 pm


I am also quitting the board for wanting a detox and getting my posts ignored in here. I feel so lonely, almost suicidal. :\'( Thanks to the very few that commented on them. I wanted to meet many US friends so if you want to have Fb friends you can send me a PM with your Fb profile so I can add you!
Don't do anything rash. Killing yourself isn't the solution. I'm lonely in real life too with very few social contacts so I feel you. If you get suicidal thoughts get professional help. I'm in therapy right now and it helps me (most of the time at least...).

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Foo Bar on 05/06/18 at 1:54 am

people matter more than my politics

And that's why we'll be here for you when you come back.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 05/06/18 at 11:44 pm

I'm willing to wait until my hiatus on some other forum to end. I dunno till when it will be, maybe it will end in 2019 or maybe even in the double vision decade. For as long as it takes that people would forget about me so that I could reinvent myself someday. Said forum was really toxic, but I miss my crush and the sheer feeling of this that I had every time I posted there knowing the risk of people just shouting at me again. (I had this effect that people would get so angry with me at even the most innocuous posts.) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS63iKJV4AEBK0U.jpg

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 05/07/18 at 8:57 am

Oh I was like that too, attracting rude people. Lately it's better on forums as I stopped trying to argue with them if they disagree, I just let it go. However, on some Fb groups lots of people are argumentative. I ask someone who will drive in some direction so they can take me and pay their fuel, yet someone says "just take the bus, cheapskate!". People are very rude lately on Facebook. ???

Lately I've gone back to my news website reading addiction and I see it is again triggering my anxiety, especially as commenters there are ***** stupid. I hate Facebook groups even more. It's no wonder this thing even got his subreddit, called NoSurf. It was the best thing I did back in 2013. News make you feel like the whole world is ending.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 05/07/18 at 9:13 pm


I'm willing to wait until my hiatus on some other forum to end. I dunno till when it will be, maybe it will end in 2019 or maybe even in the double vision decade. For as long as it takes that people would forget about me so that I could reinvent myself someday. Said forum was really toxic, but I miss my crush and the sheer feeling of this that I had every time I posted there knowing the risk of people just shouting at me again. (I had this effect that people would get so angry with me at even the most innocuous posts.) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS63iKJV4AEBK0U.jpg
But, like, I'm willing to wait for my hiatus to end for a certain person.  :-*

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 05/08/18 at 6:04 am

I just woke up (at noon !) after a sleepless night. I did web browsing.
Time to install Leech Block and Block Site on FF and Chrome and use the hosts file again. K9 web protection is not enough.
I was supposed to learn web and graphic design, not browse news websites and forums. I guess I'm an all or nothing person, I can't use forums, social media and news websites moderately. I might have Messenger/FB days and avoid it on the others days. But for news websites and forums it's very hard, I'm addicted to them mainly. I want to reclaim my life from this unhealthy addiction and spend more time offline or if online - on actually studying graphic and web design. So buy for now! :)

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 06/03/18 at 8:06 pm

My month break was good. I'm thinking of going on another one. While I didn't do so well on my productivity goals, I did become a lot calmer and happier. Also another plus was not hearing about Trump or American politics for a month LOL. That was a huge boost to my sanity ;D

One thing I'm keeping social media around for though is sharing my progress on goals/productivity. I think social accountability keeps me in check.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 06/03/18 at 8:07 pm


My month break was good. I'm thinking of going on another one. While I didn't do so well on my productivity goals, I did become a lot calmer and happier. Also another plus was not hearing about Trump or American politics for a month LOL. That was a huge boost to my sanity ;D

Yeah, that John Titor hasn't been active here for a month also.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 06/03/18 at 8:14 pm


Yeah, that John Titor hasn't been active here for a month also.


Spring vacation.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 06/03/18 at 8:15 pm


Spring vacation.

Lol i guess.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 07/22/18 at 1:10 am

I actually wanna take a break from inthe00s, but i can't honestly. It's too addicting, it's weird because i took an eight month break in late 2016 - mid 2017 from Google+ which i use to use everyday and all day and was addicted to it. But i'll let my interest run its course, i'll probably naturally get bored of this website and not be active anymore.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 07/22/18 at 2:02 am


Oh I was like that too, attracting rude people. Lately it's better on forums as I stopped trying to argue with them if they disagree, I just let it go. However, on some Fb groups lots of people are argumentative. I ask someone who will drive in some direction so they can take me and pay their fuel, yet someone says "just take the bus, cheapskate!". People are very rude lately on Facebook. ???

Lately I've gone back to my news website reading addiction and I see it is again triggering my anxiety, especially as commenters there are ***** stupid. I hate Facebook groups even more. It's no wonder this thing even got his subreddit, called NoSurf. It was the best thing I did back in 2013. News make you feel like the whole world is ending.
Oh, BTW, there was this one time when I made an FB-style update on a thread on another forum where I said I was off to a weekend market and somebody sarcastically said that he hoped no one gets run down by a terrorist van there.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 07/22/18 at 2:27 am


Oh, BTW, there was this one time when I made an FB-style update on a thread on another forum where I said I was off to a weekend market and somebody sarcastically said that he hoped no one gets run down by a terrorist truck there.

Lmfao rotfl.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 07/22/18 at 5:34 am

;D ;D funny indeed. That kinda humour is found in automotive  boards as well (TCL). I like them car message boards. Inthe00s is cool too.

I don't like the ones about discussing political and economic stuff. Too much us vs them. I no longer visit conspiracy theory boards, too much racism and hatred (although I admit that Fauxcahontas Warren and OrangeIsTheNewBlack Rachel Dole┼żal memes are funny).

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: LyricBoy on 07/22/18 at 7:50 am

Just having a plain old flip phone is a great way to be 'unplugged'.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 07/22/18 at 2:10 pm


I actually wanna take a break from inthe00s, but i can't honestly. It's too addicting, it's weird because i took an eight month break in late 2016 - mid 2017 from Google+ which i use to use everyday and all day and was addicted to it. But i'll let my interest run its course, i'll probably naturally get bored of this website and not be active anymore.


What will you do afterwards? ???

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 07/22/18 at 2:11 pm


Just having a plain old flip phone is a great way to be 'unplugged'.


I have a flip phone too. :)

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: annimal on 07/22/18 at 4:03 pm

I got mad and deleted my FB account.  Besides talking to myself,  I couldn't remember what I did to do what things.  I thought the layout sucked

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: ofkx on 07/22/18 at 4:19 pm

I took a break from my computer for two weeks and I had so much free time. I spent it all finishing Zelda BOTW, Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 ;D.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 07/22/18 at 4:23 pm


I took a break from my computer for two weeks and I had so much free time. I spent it all finishing Zelda BOTW, Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 ;D .

That's nice i might take a break from social media and inthe00s just to play my switch games and watch youtube.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 07/22/18 at 4:25 pm


What will you do afterwards? ???

Watch Youtube videos  :P 

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 08/05/18 at 2:36 pm

OK, I need a change. I'm addicted to the Internet and I need some control over my life.

- I deleted almost all old emails, will close this email account I had since 2014 or earlier, but too many accounts are associated with it and the spam is huge, I want a new start.
- I opened a new Yahoo! Mail account.
- Deleted all content on LinkedIn.
- Deactivated my Facebook.
- Will close additional 2 emails I used for registering on different sites I no longer use.
- Closed some random accounts. Entered fake names on those that can't be closed. I don't want to have online presence at all actually. I have a rare name, so I dislike being online. #NoSurf
- Closed my Microsoft account.
- Have to close my Apple ID.
- I will block all news websites in English and social media as I'm a news junkie. I will only enable some Spanish language ones as I'm learning Spanish.
- Installed K9 Protection.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 08/05/18 at 4:32 pm


OK, I need a change. I'm addicted to the Internet and I need some control over my life.

- I deleted almost all old emails, will close this email account I had since 2014 or earlier, but too many accounts are associated with it and the spam is huge, I want a new start.
- I opened a new Yahoo! Mail account.
- Deleted all content on LinkedIn.
- Deactivated my Facebook.
- Will close additional 2 emails I used for registering on different sites I no longer use.
- Closed some random accounts. Entered fake names on those that can't be closed. I don't want to have online presence at all actually. I have a rare name, so I dislike being online. #NoSurf
- Closed my Microsoft account.
- Have to close my Apple ID.
- I will block all news websites in English and social media as I'm a news junkie. I will only enable some Spanish language ones as I'm learning Spanish.
- Installed K9 Protection.


Good luck. :)

I have my own convoluted way of reducing Internet time ;D

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: christopher on 08/05/18 at 11:06 pm

Thanks! ;)
For me Internet is what alcohol is for an alcoholic. It seriously makes my life less exciting as I forget to enjoy the offline world. I do need to do digital detoxes every now and then. Also, with a very rare name, I prefer to use a nickname and my second family name on the Internet. It's not that I hate having myself out there online, but I'd like it if I was one of the many with said name and not the only person. There's also the thinking "If I'm not famous, why be on the Internet?"

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 08/06/18 at 5:23 am


Thanks! ;)
For me Internet is what alcohol is for an alcoholic. It seriously makes my life less exciting as I forget to enjoy the offline world. I do need to do digital detoxes every now and then. Also, with a very rare name, I prefer to use a nickname and my second family name on the Internet. It's not that I hate having myself out there online, but I'd like it if I was one of the many with said name and not the only person. There's also the thinking "If I'm not famous, why be on the Internet?"



So what will you be doing in the meantime? ???

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: xris on 08/07/18 at 9:42 am

Going out mostly, hiking, walking around town, watching TV, learning Spanish online (I can block just the most time-wasting websites).
Look, I'm so addicted I came back, but only to answer this. You can't imagine how addicted I am to web forums. I like doing NoSurf also for privacy reasons as I've been stalked before. ;)

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 08/09/18 at 8:16 pm

Had a four and a half week break, i gotta say it was pretty awesome.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 80sfan on 08/10/18 at 12:48 am

I prefer this Unplugged.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS-w2p1Sh3tEsOvNvT-sgMmgR6IYdt2QCvP_Y_wMAHgBRJ9rLuR

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: xris on 08/10/18 at 3:42 am

Everytime I have a web addiction streak I remind myself of all the ppl that miss out on life doing so and either:
1. Continue to do so
2. Snap like Elliot Rodger (he was living predominantly online)

I mean the Internet is wonderful -- I can download or watch TV shows, songs, and movies from the past. Thus I can watch them instead of hope for a rerun on TV and avoid the commercials. I'm also addicted to TV btw, so this way is better. I can also connect to ppl from all over the world and make new friends in a new town.

However, I was fired recently because I was too tired to work due to chronic lack of sleep 'cause late-night surfing. Also, I often forget to do the important things online like learn Spanish or sth else. Those past two days I'm downloading photos from other cities in my country as I wish to relocate... ;D I'm addicted to news websites and forums the most, but also to social media. Well at least I am no longer angry like before when I used to get in online fights with people. I just no longer reply to trolls on news websites. The negativity there is too much.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: wixness on 08/10/18 at 6:05 am

I try to keep my activity focused on between 3-5 websites, mostly because of political stuff I can't bear to deal with. I'm trying to make better use of my time on a computer though, like learning a game engine and watching a TV series. As for phones I prefer not to spend so much time on them anyway because of how long it takes for me to write on them compared to a computer keyboard.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 08/10/18 at 6:11 am

As for me, I'm teaching myself to chase positive attention, because I've pissed away my reputation on half the forums I've ever visited by acting like this: LZ91tjeG-Ws

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 08/10/18 at 7:23 am


Had a four and a half week break, i gotta say it was pretty awesome.


How are you feeling?

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 08/10/18 at 7:26 am

I think the only times I was unplugged was during those blackouts but as for me I don't think I've ever been unplugged, I always feel the need to be online almost all the time cause I feel I might miss something.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 08/10/18 at 11:18 am

I wrote a script on my phone where I have to wait 1 hour before I'm allowed to go on the Internet for 15 minutes. Usually I find something else to do and forget I wanted to go on the Internet.

Most my browsing is impulsive, and if something catches my interest, I could find myself on the Internet for hours rather than the planned 5-10 minutes.  :-[

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 08/10/18 at 10:28 pm


As for me, I'm teaching myself to chase positive attention, because I've pissed away my reputation on half the forums I've ever visited by acting like this: LZ91tjeG-Ws
Possible titles for a movie inspired by my online career: Confessions of a Post-Teenage Internet Gimp                                                      50 Shades of Internet Forums

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 08/11/18 at 5:28 am


As for me, I'm teaching myself to chase positive attention, because I've pissed away my reputation on half the forums I've ever visited by acting like this: LZ91tjeG-Ws
Speaking for myself, I'm currently using my accounts on two sites I had known of but barely used. And trying to teach myself how to get high on positive attention instead of getting high on negative words like some kind of emotional bondage enthusiast.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: aja675 on 08/11/18 at 7:17 am


I wrote a script on my phone where I have to wait 1 hour before I'm allowed to go on the Internet for 15 minutes. Usually I find something else to do and forget I wanted to go on the Internet.

Most my browsing is impulsive, and if something catches my interest, I could find myself on the Internet for hours rather than the planned 5-10 minutes.  :-[
Wait, so you now only use the Internet 15 minutes a day, or 15 minutes per hour?

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: xris on 08/11/18 at 11:46 am

Back when it happened, I did a lot of reading about the UCSB massacre committed by sexually frustrated loner & Web addict Elliot Rodger. He has left a huge internet footprint of photos, videos, forum posts and general ramblings all over various websites.

The worrying thing is that I've read similar posts to Elliot Rodger's on many forums & in news websites'comment sections from guys who can't get a girlfriend (or rather are unlucky to find one, love is ALL about luck!) and who are online literally all day. I've seen lots of angry posters who indulge in torture fantasies and casual racism/anti-semitism. Heck, there are BDSM and sexual drawings of popular cartoon characters, and even of Stef from Lazytown! ;D

When you meet someone online with similar views to yourself, it validates them to a certain extent and you no longer feel crazy or alone. It's comforting to know there are others out there who think like you. This is dangerous and gives confidence to nutters who possess a deep hatred for women/Jews/Mexicans/Eastern Europeans/Roma etc. The constant inflow of negative news doesn't help, it can give you warped worldview, like the world is going to end tomorrow, all doom & gloom.

What can we do when we come across posters like this? How do we know if they are a serious threat to society? I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would have laughed if they read Elliot Rodger's diatribes and not taken him seriously.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 08/11/18 at 2:09 pm


I wrote a script on my phone where I have to wait 1 hour before I'm allowed to go on the Internet for 15 minutes. Usually I find something else to do and forget I wanted to go on the Internet.

Most my browsing is impulsive, and if something catches my interest, I could find myself on the Internet for hours rather than the planned 5-10 minutes.  :-[


I feel the same way, sometimes I might spend hours on the internet.

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 08/11/18 at 3:23 pm


Wait, so you now only use the Internet 15 minutes a day, or 15 minutes per hour?


No, when I launch the Chrome app (or a few other social media apps) on my phone, the script starts a countdown timer of 60 minutes. If I try to access Chrome, it returns me to my home screen and the timer resets back to 60 minutes. Only after the countdown is finished am I given 15 minutes to browse the Internet. After the 15 minutes are up, I'm locked out again.

This is only on my phone. On my computer I have another script that's too convoluted to explain in a few sentences. It's a productivity video game of sorts (as someone else described it as when I was trying to explain it to them) :P

edit: ah hell, I'll try my best to explain

https://i.imgur.com/BIxDLql.png

That's my setup. It's a Python tkinter script that gives me an overview of my day in numbers (I'm a huge Quantified Self nerd) You can probably tell what some of the words mean. "Product" is my productivity, I've spent 4 hours and 6 minutes on very productive tasks today. "Distract": I've spent 22 minutes on distracting activities. "read_en" time spent reading English books, "read_fr" time spent reading French (websites mostly) etc. etc. I won't explain what all of them mean ;D

The important numbers are the 'multiplier' and the 'gains'. Gains is the surplus (or deficit, if negative) of 'points' I've gained today. If I gain 3000+ points, I'm allowed free access to the Internet on my computer, as you can see I've accomplished.

And here's the real meat:

https://i.imgur.com/AoxrR3c.png

I lose 1 point for every minute I'm not working (that includes every single living minute, including sleeping, eating, pooping etc. all that depletes my points). I try to encourage myself to work in small portions. "Just get started" is my motto! Even if it's just for 3 minutes it's better than nothing. But the more I work, the more points I get, as you can see. (Working for 1 hour gets me 1000 points, vs. working for 30 minutes getting me 250 points.) If I get enough points, I get to go on the Internet or watch Netflix and indulge in other vices.

The "game-y" part starts with this. I can "chain" work session. I got more points if I "chain" a 10 minute work session and follow it with another 10 minute work session. Doing a 60 minute work session followed by another 60 minute work session leads to real points bonanza!

But it gets more gamey. Remember the "multiplier" from above? Well, I get additional bonus points the more time I spend on certain activities. I could spend 30 minutes reading French (which gives me a 1.1x multiplier for every hour I spend on it), but spending 30 minutes on software development (my job basically lol) instead will get me a lot more bonus points (1.5x for every hour spent). I'm basically paying myself (in points) to get the more gruelling and valuable work done.

Anyway, that's how I keep myself being ultra-productive while also regulating how I spend my free time ;D

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Wobo on 08/29/18 at 7:21 pm

I start school on tuesday and i'm planning to take a long break from inthe00s (meaning i probably won't comeback until next year) starting on the day, i'm just trying to keep myself from being addicted to this website since i'm on it 24/7

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: 2001 on 08/29/18 at 7:36 pm


I start school on tuesday and i'm planning to take a long break from inthe00s (meaning i probably won't comeback until next year) starting on the day, i'm just trying to keep myself from being addicted to this website since i'm on it 24/7


Always put your studies first, it will make your future life soooo much easier. Best of luck Wobo and I wish you a good start to your high school career! ;)

Subject: Re: Unplugging?

Written By: Howard on 08/30/18 at 7:37 am


I start school on tuesday and i'm planning to take a long break from inthe00s (meaning i probably won't comeback until next year) starting on the day, i'm just trying to keep myself from being addicted to this website since i'm on it 24/7



Good Luck Wobo! O0

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