Being online and offline

After reading Craig Mod’s article, “How I Got My Attention Back“, it really resonated with me how he employed a method that allows for a “timed disconnection”, subsequently allowing for Craig to have their attention taken away from sites that are designed to entice viewers. There were at times when I felt as though all of my attention outside of work or school would be solely focused on social media apps or apps in general that are designed to entice people to stay or come back. It’s a method that I had seen other people use whenever they notice that they have been engrained within social media platforms. They take a step away from social media and completely disconnect themselves, only allowing people to contact them through text. When they came back, they stated that their mental state had a lot more clarity.

It was interesting to me how he ‘disconnected’ himself by imposing two simple rules on his lifestyle:

  1. The internet goes off before bed.
  2. The internet doesn’t return until after lunch.

These are very simple rules that don’t allow for total disconnection but allow Craig to discipline himself with their internet usage. As Craig Mod states, having total disconnection would be considered a “self-sabotage” as some work areas or communities would require one to stay connected in order to be productive.

The question of whether or not I can be offline for an entire month is an interesting one. Aside from schoolwork, most of my entertainment relies on social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and other games that entice you to keep playing. Being offline for an entire month is an interesting thought I never really considered doing before but after reading about what Craig did and how it “restored” his attention, it might be worth a shot.

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