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No Internet For One Year: Could You Do It?

mrosen814 2012/07/19 22:00:00
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How long could you survive without the internet? One day? One week? One month? Paul Miller, 26, is trying to live without the internet for one whole year. So far, Miller has been offline for 3 months. He hasn't sent an email, clicked a link, sent a text message, or used web browser since May 1st of this year.

The ABC News article goes on to say that Miller loves the internet. However, he is also aware that the internet is a giant distraction and he wanted to unplug for a while. Miller states, "I found it very distracting and I wanted to spend time studying and writing uninterrupted. I wanted to read books that I could have read at any time, but instead I was reading Reddit. I wanted to write things I wanted to write for a long time, but instead I was tweeting." Do you think you could survive without the internet for one year?

ABCNEWS.GO.COM reports:
For one whole year Paul Miller will live without the Internet, and as of publishing this article, Miller has not been online for three months.
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  • mwf122090 2012/07/21 03:28:15
    No
    mwf122090
    +2
    The internet keeps me connected to people that I would otherwise not be able to contact as easily. Especially my brother when he's deployed out of the country.
  • AyyyJose 2012/07/21 03:11:22
    No
    AyyyJose
    +1
    Hahahahahaha........ NO! (:
  • nicesteve 2012/07/21 01:52:33
    No
    nicesteve
    +1
    Positively not. I need my internet.
  • ♣Tanor Zeta Faux♣ 2012/07/21 01:49:51
    Yes
    ♣Tanor Zeta Faux♣
    +1
    *Long Story Warning*

    Yes and no. When I was a kid through 18, I lived with my mom most of the time and my computer there did not have internet. The only thing I could do on that machine (It was also a Windows ME! :D) was play any game I had which was two. I'd write stuff on Microsoft Word, Excel, mess around with Powerpoint. Read books, watch an hour of TV, go to bed at 9 to 9:30. Or, whenever my mom made me go to bed. She gave me a time limit on TV, my computer too and a bed time. Even though when she's not home, I could have more. I guess because of that I became a storywriter and stuff. X)

    The only time I would have internet was at my Grandmother's, at the Library (I rarely go there, not that I do not want to though.), or at School. I was only at my Grandmother's on the weekends. I had most of my video games there. Real cable TV. As at my mom's I only had 24 channels, minus the ones that airs snow and seizure lines.

    I moved to my Grandmother's at 18 one I liked it here, and two: things got very rough between me and my mom at the time. Been on the internet nearly every day. Lazier and do not read books as often I used to, I try to though. However, thanks to the internet I met great friends and people, and because of them I'm happier, I have Tanor because if it wasn't fo...

    *Long Story Warning*

    Yes and no. When I was a kid through 18, I lived with my mom most of the time and my computer there did not have internet. The only thing I could do on that machine (It was also a Windows ME! :D) was play any game I had which was two. I'd write stuff on Microsoft Word, Excel, mess around with Powerpoint. Read books, watch an hour of TV, go to bed at 9 to 9:30. Or, whenever my mom made me go to bed. She gave me a time limit on TV, my computer too and a bed time. Even though when she's not home, I could have more. I guess because of that I became a storywriter and stuff. X)

    The only time I would have internet was at my Grandmother's, at the Library (I rarely go there, not that I do not want to though.), or at School. I was only at my Grandmother's on the weekends. I had most of my video games there. Real cable TV. As at my mom's I only had 24 channels, minus the ones that airs snow and seizure lines.

    I moved to my Grandmother's at 18 one I liked it here, and two: things got very rough between me and my mom at the time. Been on the internet nearly every day. Lazier and do not read books as often I used to, I try to though. However, thanks to the internet I met great friends and people, and because of them I'm happier, I have Tanor because if it wasn't for the internet, I would not have him or most of my creations so far. They say, once you have prolonged exposure, you can never get enough of it...and damn, they were right.

    However, I've gone months without internet since I had to get my compy fixed every so often, and I didn't have a PS3 till late 2010. That had internet (albeit very crappy, because Sony does not care about it!), but to go a year? Maybe. Just Maybe...if I can reach down into my childhood...I may. I'd be missing my mate, bros and folks, but I could find a way to contact them when I could. So, I have a 55-45% thing going on whether I could do it or not.
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  • mike 2012/07/21 01:34:40
    No
    mike
    +2
    i make $2000 a year on the internet and i couldnt go a year without it and miss out on the $2000
  • Corey mike 2012/07/21 04:17:21
    Corey
    Only $2000 a year? LOL you're in poverty if that's all you get
  • Gwen Corey 2012/07/21 04:37:12
    Gwen
    that's what he makes on the Internet. He did not mention his other business. We could all make that much if we blogged and had ads on the side.
  • mike Gwen 2012/07/21 05:40:08
    mike
    no it is all from surveys
  • mike Corey 2012/07/21 05:39:29
    mike
    thats just on the internet and only from taking surveys
  • Jenni 2012/07/21 01:24:54
    No
    Jenni
    +1
    I really couldn't. I know it should be easier than I think since many people lived their whole lives without it, but I really could not. The longest I have lasted without Internet (besides when I was younger than 7) would be maybe a week.
  • Gwen Jenni 2012/07/21 04:38:05
    Gwen
    You need to go out in the woods for two weeks, then. And no tv, no game boy.
  • Jenni Gwen 2012/07/22 07:06:35
    Jenni
    I don't own a game boy and I don't watch TV either lol. And I hate the outdoors, hahaha.
  • kaiterpotater 2012/07/21 01:12:08
    No
    kaiterpotater
    +3
    The internet is such a valuable resource for learning, exploring and connecting. I couldn't imagine losing something like that.
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2012/07/21 01:09:28
    No
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    +2
    I think I would die without the internet! I have no social life whatsoever! lol sad but true....
  • Gwen ♫♪‼Chlo... 2012/07/21 04:38:25
    Gwen
    +1
    You need to go to a bar.
  • ♫♪‼Chlo... Gwen 2012/07/21 21:13:39
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    I'm not of legal age yet. lol
  • Gwen ♫♪‼Chlo... 2012/07/21 22:43:24
    Gwen
    +1
    oh, I see. Go to a rave.
  • heathereth ♫♪‼Chlo... 2012/07/29 22:48:38
    heathereth
    +1
    Yay to no social lives! *internet high five* Me neither.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/07/21 01:09:01
    Yes
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    I lived for decades without the internet and my quality of life now is no better. In fact, it might be worse.
  • tobe 2012/07/21 01:04:50
    Yes
    tobe
    +2
    Ive went longer than that. I can also go without television.
  • Gwen tobe 2012/07/21 04:38:49
    Gwen
    You cwazy ! Elmer Fudd says.
  • tobe Gwen 2012/07/21 15:59:45
    tobe
    haha no I was just for a very long time what my ex called po. (we wouldnt afford the o or the r).
  • VenomHalos 2012/07/21 00:59:46
    Yes
    VenomHalos
    +1
    I wouldn't like it-- in fact I'd HATE it-- but I could do it if I had to.
  • Tallulah 2012/07/21 00:49:28
  • Dan 2012/07/21 00:40:43
    Yes
    Dan
    +1
    If I had to.
  • Torchy 2012/07/21 00:36:34
    No
    Torchy
    +2
    The internet has now become the standard form of communication. Most people don't even want to hear from you if you aren't using an online method. There are ways to "unplug" without cutting yourself off entirely. Moderation isn't that hard.
  • michael.reeves.3150 2012/07/21 00:08:55
    No
    michael.reeves.3150
    +1
    id rather die
  • Bob DiN michael... 2012/07/21 09:54:39
    Bob DiN
    Oh please spare us the drama.
  • zachary rhodin 2012/07/20 23:59:19
    No
    zachary rhodin
    +2
    yes and no. but i like connecting to the outside world so im gona have to say no.
  • brian 2012/07/20 23:50:32
    Yes
    brian
    +2
    I grew up with out it.
  • Michael S. 2012/07/20 23:12:22
    No
    Michael S.
    +1
    Not comfortably, no.

    My real answer depends on exactly what is meant by this question: I could find a way to survive without it, but I wouldn't be a happy camper.
  • Gwen Michael S. 2012/07/21 04:39:39
    Gwen
    You mentioned camping. You need to go out in the woods for a while, camper.
  • Ashes 2012/07/20 23:05:17
    No
    Ashes
    +3
    No way. It's the only way I communicate with people when I'm depressed...
  • AxeMinion 2012/07/20 22:57:11
    No
    AxeMinion
    +2
    Essentially it's part of our evolution as a society, so we've adjusted the way we live in order to utilize its benefits. For example, imagine being the police and having to share all your data with other departments without Internet. Imagine having to walk to your nearest branch every time you wanted to switch money between accounts. Imagine trying to find a service you need and going back to using the yellow pages!

    No thank you.
  • heathereth 2012/07/20 22:42:58
    No
    heathereth
    +3
    I am too attatched to my internets. Do an internet gif
  • Katt heathereth 2012/07/21 01:08:23
    Katt
    +1
    That's exactly how I feel.
  • aibohphobia 2012/07/20 22:40:08
    Yes
    aibohphobia
    +2
    I have books, I love reading. I'm not too worried.
  • Jacob Torres 2012/07/20 22:35:13
    Yes
    Jacob Torres
    +1
    I'm sure I COULD go on after beating my own balls flat with a mallet. Why would I, though?
  • Gwen Jacob T... 2012/07/21 04:40:30
    Gwen
    you mentioned beating your own balls. You need to . . .
  • JohnT 2012/07/20 22:32:32
    No
    JohnT
    +2
    With three computers and a tablet I would not make it. Besides I am a admin on two sites and a moderator on a couple of more so need to be on line at least three or four days a week.

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