I’ve had a problem with obsessive and excessive web browsing for years now. I have tried to quit and cut down many times in the past but find it very difficult. Life never seems as good as the online world, and it kind of makes me go a little bit crazy when I quit. I feel lost without the ability to constantly check updates, notifications and receive validation. The past week I have used grayscale on my phone and computer. I deleted social media accounts, removed the apps from my phone and also disabled the chrome browser on my phone. A few times I have re-enabled the browser so I can access some websites that have been blocked on the home router, by using my mobile data. I struggle quite a bit with this, and I find it difficult to resist the urge to check my phone first thing in the morning when I wake up, despite my best intentions not to.
I joined in the hope of learning some tricks and also to commit myself further towards the goal of unplugging from the network. I’m not sure where to go from here, but I think I need to focus on creating a list of activities, so I can find things to do in my now spare time. I have a habit of replacing one bad habit for another, for example, I spent a lot of time today using YouTube, one of the few social media sites I have not blocked. It’s like I am plugging one digital leak, only for another to burst somewhere else. I need to get past this and start replacing the internet activities with real life stuff.
Thanks for reading. I’ll look through the guides here and put some more thought into what exactly I want to achieve and how I can do that.