The Importance of Stepping Away From the Internet

I know you are probably reading the title of this post thinking how hypocritical I am. First off let me state this, I am not saying you need to step away from the internet forever or even for a whole day. The world we live in today revolves largely around the internet. There is a good portion of people whose jobs are internet based. I totally understand that. Today’s post is about stepping away from the internet for a little while, whether you do it every day or a few days a week or even once a week for yourself. Unknowingly, we all let things we read and photos we see on the internet influence our day-to-day life. For starters, how many of us check our phones before our eyes are opened all the way in the morning? I know I am 100% guilty of this. I check my social media accounts, my emails, and my texts to see what happened while I was asleep. Honestly, that in itself can very easily become a problem. How many times have you woken up in the morning and read a bad text message or news headline that put you in a bad mood before you have even had breakfast? The Internet, although very popular, can really lead to a lot of negativity in our lives. In today’s world, it is so easy to see a picture or read something and you feel like that is what you need to be doing. You need to be on that new diet or you need to be watching that new show. How many times do you see people out to dinner and they are not participating in conversation because they are on their phones? The important thing about using the Internet is deciding when it is the best time to use it. We get so caught up on our phones and our laptops and our tablet that we missed things happening around us. I think it is super great we can capture memories and share them with people online but it is so easy to forget to actually EXPERIENCE the things we are doing. Do not be the person that looks back on their life through photos and can not remember the experiences. Live your moments. Capture your moments in your mind. The way I see it, people so often forget that they do not have to share everything. You can keep things for just yourself and the people you surround yourself with. Not everybody is entitled to your memories. I do not want to miss the best parts of my life because I am afraid something will happen online and I will miss it. I want to enjoy my family and my friends and my life and I am so thankful I can share these things online, but I do not want a warped perception of how I should enjoy these things due to what I see online.It is so easy to feel like you are not doing the right thing when you see everyone else posting which leads into my point of how what we see can affect us. How many times have you seen big bloggers and social influencers spending a lot of money or going to an event you would love to attend? They post it all on their social media accounts and you want to be in their shoes. Do not feel bad about it. I forgot many times they may be living these “perfect” lives but it is their job. They are working when they do these things. So, do not be jealous because I know it is so easy to be. Be happy with your life. Make moves for you. Make things happen for yourself, not to be like what you see online but FOR YOU. Take some time every day for yourself away from the internet. Do not let it influence you to do things for the wrong reasons. I am going to include a list of things you can do without being on the internet because I have to be extra.

  • read a book
  • watch a movie
  • call a friend
  • write a letter
  • journal
  • clean your space
  • play a board game with your family
  • take your pet on a walk
  • meditate
  • organize your closet
  • practice drawing

There is so much more than what I listed but as you can see the options that do not include the internet are plentiful. I will never fully give up the internet and I would not ask you to either. I do ask that you make time for things that do not include being consistently online. Even if you take 15 or 30 minutes a day, put your laptop away. Close all the apps on your phone out and call your grandmother. You have one life to live. You never know when this life is going to end so do not live it capturing memories and posting memories. Live your life experiencing more than what you see on a computer or a tablet. I will not let my day start off on a bad note reading something to bring me down. Starting today, I promise to take time away from the internet every day.

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11 thoughts on “The Importance of Stepping Away From the Internet

  1. Not everybody is entitled to your memories. — Love this. It mostly reminds me of my daughter’s birthday this year. I had a friend take photos because I didn’t want to miss out on her party by taking photos. It’s amazing how distracted you can be by technology. Great to take a step back.

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  2. Yes, I totally agree. And by stepping away from all your devices, it allows you to be more freely creative with your mind. I need the break for sure.

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  3. Such an Important post! Nowadays we are so much addicted to the internet stepping away from it is very difficult. Thanks for sharing!

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