Hello, if you are reading this. I would like to start becoming more dedicated to this idea of nosurf. I have, for the past few years, been aware of nosurf and have taken some steps to put me on this path. My biggest successes have involved choosing living situations where surfing is simply not an option. I have also delayed in getting a smartphone.
However, when I do have access to the internet, I tend to use it irresponsibly. And currently, I’m transitioning into a situation again where I will have regular access. I’m already seeing the same problems come up.
I have at some points in the past been able to simply avoid surfing altogether, despite having access. I found if I could get past the initial compulsions, I didn’t really miss it and didn’t feel so tempted. But I would gradually start surfing again after a few weeks and soon be back to my normal habits.
I find myself getting intensely interested in the zeitgeist, culture wars, political ideologies, conspiracies, and I worry about having to give that up. There’s a certain amount of that which can only be found on the internet. But also, I can sense that prolonged use of the internet makes me less focused, more anxious, more biased, more impulsive. These aspects seem to be opposed to a truer understanding of the situation. So, if I’m seeking some understanding of this reality we’re in, I don’t think it will be found exclusively online. If anything, it will be found in the mundane activities of day to day life, undisturbed by an obsession with screens.
I’ve installed the Freedom app on my desktop, and that has seemed to help. I also want to use reading as a way to fulfill my interests rather than the internet. We’ll see how it goes!