Hey guys, nice to meet you!
This first post was supposed to be a success story. In July I gave up the internet in order to pursue a better life. And it worked! Well, it worked for a while. But the internet slowly crawled back into my life, and suddenly the time tracker app on my phone looks like this again:
A screenshot yesterday’s results.
That doesn’t look like a happy, digital-free life!
I’m a 21-year-old male from Germany, currently in college and am working as a freelancer on the side to pay for my rent. I’m going to spare you the sob story on how I ended up here though. Just know that I’m living a healthy mix of loneliness, depression and a sprinkle of (social) anxiety - and I’m using youtube, reddit and podcasts to stimulate friends or simply to ignore my feelings. Fun times.
Good thing is…
I’m normally able to handle my depression by a super strict combination of eating right, working out, getting good sleep and keeping myself productive. I fight my anxiety with a disciplined approach to improving the very things that make me afraid. If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have said I’ve got my progress pretty much under control - but it looks like I needed a reminder to ruthlessly focus on not surfing. Even (or especially) if it’s getting easier. That’s why I’m here - to add another layer of accountability. And to meet similar people going through the same stuff!
Rules for "Safe Surfing"
Since this is an online community, I need some rules:
- Every time I visit the forum, I have to post a thought-out post.
- Every time I read a new thread, I have to write a helpful answer.
- Write the posts in a word document beforehand.
- Don’t surf on mobile.
Well, I’m not sure how detailed these introductions are supposed to be, so I’ll cut it off before I write too much. Feel free to ask anything! I’m looking forward to sharing what worked for me so far and getting to know you all.
EDIT: Added headlines for easier reading