#1 Posted by Mageman (387 posts) -

From the internet that is. Lately I have been toying with the idea of just saying ''no'' to the internet or rather to the computer in general for at least 1 week. Because If I'm honest I don't know If I would event last a week. There is something just so practical and addicting to the internet, it surely makes lives better but even water has adverse affects if you drink too much of it.

So have you ever tried to abstain from the internet or computer in general on purpose ? How long did you last ?

#2 Posted by DjCmeP (1224 posts) -

NO!

#3 Posted by Cloudenvy (5874 posts) -

I haven't, pretty much everything I do takes place on a PC.

#4 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

I kind of HAVE to use the internet as a student.

#5 Posted by D0tti (803 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

I haven't, pretty much everything I do takes place on a PC.

@Dany said:

I kind of HAVE to use the internet as a student.

#6 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

My job is to use a computer and the internet all day, so won't happen. As for doing it? I think when I was forced to go to camp when I was a kid during summer. Never saw the point of depriving yourself of something you enjoy for no reason other then just cause.

#7 Posted by JasonR86 (10003 posts) -

I hate it when people use a serious thing to describe a non-serious issue. Are you 'addicted' to the internet? Does it keep you from eating, sleeping, interacting with others, working, cleaning yourself? Does every other type of functioning stop because of your internet 'addiction'? When you're 'detoxing' does it feel like you're going to actually, physically die? Are you going through withdrawals and fighting against cravings?

...probably not.

#8 Posted by Vexxan (4624 posts) -
@Dany said:

I kind of HAVE to use the internet as a student.

Same here. Most of my course material ain't in books anymore. 
#9 Posted by Alexandruxx (248 posts) -
@Cloudenvy said:

I haven't, pretty much everything I do takes place on a PC.

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#10 Posted by Dick_Mohawk (394 posts) -

On heavy work weeks my pc barely gets touched. When I feel that tired I just stick my head in a book instead until I'm snoozing happily.

#11 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1252 posts) -

Why the hell would I? The Internet is GREAT. Collective hivemind and shit.

#12 Posted by thevigilanteoflove (533 posts) -

I need it to do most of my schoolwork, and I love it. I went on a 17 day camping trip a few summers ago and didn't use the internet for a while then. It was okay.

#13 Posted by ervonymous (1299 posts) -

I took a week off a few years back, hardly played anything on consoles, mostly drew stuff and read old One Piece volumes. I felt like I needed the break back then but now? Pfff.

#14 Posted by ExplodeMode (851 posts) -

Tomorrow. Adventure to the middle of nowhere for a week.

#15 Posted by BlinkyTM (1057 posts) -

Need computer for course materials. Need Internet for entertainment.

#16 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1863 posts) -

You can't escape it.

#17 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

@SoldierG654342 said:

You can't escape it.

It browses through your porn folder while you sleep.

#18 Posted by TwilitEnd656 (610 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@SoldierG654342 said:

You can't escape it.

It browses through your porn folder while you sleep.

You mean it's aware about my live-action tentacle porn?!

(... WHY does such a thing exist? People preparing for living with aliens?)

#19 Posted by ryanwho (12012 posts) -

I tried to quite GB cus someone was basically stalking me. But I can't just subscribe to an RSS feed and just get Quick Looks without having to enter the actual site. And then Im like 'i has opinions' and its all downhill.

An RSS feed for Quick Looks would be great, though.

#20 Posted by Example1013 (4855 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

My job is to use a computer and the internet all day, so won't happen. As for doing it? I think when I was forced to go to camp when I was a kid during summer. Never saw the point of depriving yourself of something you enjoy for no reason other then just cause.

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#21 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6116 posts) -

De-tox?

#22 Posted by Rawrnosaurous (812 posts) -

I can't, I have to type my papers email them to my teachers. I have to get the presentations and notes, download the syllabus for the class. Do research, look at youtube videos about cats doing cute things.

#23 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

last time was in june. i went on vacation for 8 days. pretty fun. internet is great thing to have.

#24 Posted by Harkat (1158 posts) -

I just had a two week staycation. I think I literally have spent 15-17 hours a day either on Xbox or on my laptop.

#25 Posted by Atlas (2558 posts) -

I went to Portugal in August for five days, and lived without internet for the duration. Wasn't difficult.

I'm not sure the term detox should necessarily apply to the internet, as the internet won't kill you or have a direct effect on your health.

#26 Posted by buzz_killington (3655 posts) -

I'm going on a self-imposed exile one week from the release of Uncharted 3 to the time I've finished Uncharted 3 because I want to experience it completely unspoiled.

#27 Edited by Raequbear87 (6 posts) -

Well, i'm trying to do a college essay, but typing it as I am, on the computer, the internet is all too close. I mean, the very fact that i'm typing this crap when i should be doing my essay says it all. The internet is the bane of my productivity, being perfectly designed for those with any slight tendency towards obsessive compulsive urges . . . I guess that makes all of us then.

#28 Posted by ckeats (496 posts) -

I don't know about detox, but last weekend I got pretty intox-incated and made some poor choices on the Internet. No regrets though.

#29 Edited by DonPixel (2737 posts) -

I might be in the minority here but I do take Internet breaks often, call me old school but I do think is healthy for both mind and body.

I work on a PC whenever I want to speed up work I unplug my Ethernet cable and that can go for days with no problem in fact I would say it goes with less problem.

#30 Posted by sesquipedalophobe (183 posts) -

I spent three years without the Internet. I lost thirty pounds and made friends, which was horrible.

#31 Edited by DonPixel (2737 posts) -

@Ertard said:

Why the hell would I? The Internet is GREAT. Collective hivemind and shit.

To bad most of that information is essentially pointless, lack of quality spam junk that just foment lack of focus AKA attention deficit, not saying it is your case just pointing out most studies show that excessive use of "the hivemind" (name internet) makes you kinda dumber, lacier, unproductive, prone to procrastinating and so on.

Again not saying internet is bad, Yet as with anything excess is kind of a bad thing.

#32 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

I am literally incapable of doing that now. No way back.

#33 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6497 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

I hate it when people use a serious thing to describe a non-serious issue. Are you 'addicted' to the internet? Does it keep you from eating, sleeping, interacting with others, working, cleaning yourself? Does every other type of functioning stop because of your internet 'addiction'? When you're 'detoxing' does it feel like you're going to actually, physically die? Are you going through withdrawals and fighting against cravings?

...probably not.

It's not like people actually think they're addicted in a sense of physical dependency. People say that just because saying "I have a rather unhealthy relationship with the internet that tends to make me procrastinate more often than is recommended for someone of my stature." just doesn't really have the same ring to it.

#34 Posted by JasonR86 (10003 posts) -

@Everyones_A_Critic said:

@JasonR86 said:

I hate it when people use a serious thing to describe a non-serious issue. Are you 'addicted' to the internet? Does it keep you from eating, sleeping, interacting with others, working, cleaning yourself? Does every other type of functioning stop because of your internet 'addiction'? When you're 'detoxing' does it feel like you're going to actually, physically die? Are you going through withdrawals and fighting against cravings?

...probably not.

It's not like people actually think they're addicted in a sense of physical dependency. People say that just because saying "I have a rather unhealthy relationship with the internet that tends to make me procrastinate more often than is recommended for someone of my stature." just doesn't really have the same ring to it.

I know. And I know that I'm being an unreasonable dick when it comes to this but I couldn't help it but have that impression when I read the OP.

#35 Posted by Neferon (269 posts) -

I can't remember the last time I went without any sort of computer or game for more than a week. I usually bring a handheld with me when I'm on holidays. Though I would like to think of it more of a hobby than something to detox from. Wishful thinking!

#36 Posted by Slag (5479 posts) -

@Mageman: A month. but could have gone indefinitely.

camping in the wilderness is pretty effective at interwebs detoxin'

#37 Posted by MetalMoog (969 posts) -

I would love to be able to go on a no internet diet for awhile that usually only happens when I go on holiday. I'm a Web Designer so the Internet pays my bills!