May 3, 2013

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

Many of the conversations I have with people about the internet relate to the difference between "real life" and "online". It's a conversation we all tend to have about the perceived negative effects a web connection has on our lives. My friends with kids are quick to point out the dangers of addiction or privacy that seem to be associated with the internet, for example, and people who didn't spend their youth online often suggest the internet explains features of younger people that they dislike.

How we get online is important, but what we do when we are is also part of this story, so I was drawn to this mini documentary The Verge posted about one of their journalist's experience being offline for a year. I won't weigh in with my own conclusions on this one, I'll just post it and urge you to read about his time offline, it is an interesting study on this larger struggle.