Thought I’d start a progress journal. I already introduced myself before but I’m gonna tell a bit about myself here too, maybe updating some info. Basically, I met at a friend’s party this girl from another country who wasn’t really on the internet, no social media, I only got her mother’s email. She did talk to me about being on the phone the whole time, asking me if I used to be, which I answered no (at least not at that party). I started thinking about it. I don’t quite remember when I started thinking about internet addiction but I think it might have started around this time. I also don’t remember when or how I found the NoSurf subreddit either. I got into NoSurf around one year ago, I think.
During this time, I’ve read the NoSurf subreddit and moved over the NoSurf website when it began. I’ve adopted some of the software recommended in here and I’ve started tracking my phone and computer usage. My phone usage decreased a lot and my laptop appeared as a problem. At some point, I accidentally took Rescue Time from the apps that start with the computer, so there’s a blank space in laptop time measurement.
When I started measuring my phone usage (around the end of march and the beggining of april), according to the app I use, my highest phone time in the first week was less than 36 min and my unlocks were under 13 times per day. WhatsApp has been the most used app in my phone ever since. Nowadays, my phone usage has been a little higher than that sometimes, not passing 1h50m though. With time, more apps appear on my measurement.
On my computer, my first correctly logged week logged a total of 25h 15m. Last week it logged 10h 8m in total. Recently I moved to a new country, in a historic turistic city and we explored the city a little so that helped keep my numbers down. On the week prior to the moving, it logged 30h 41m in total, with most being YouTube, cause I listen to music a lot. I’ve been trying to change my music listening habits and it’s on the works.
I do not use my phone, tv, computer after 8 PM and use only one hour after I woke up. I have a sticker I got from gogray.today on my phone. It says “This way up” and goes on the back of the phone. If anyone is interested, you can get one from their website, gogray.today
I’m at at hotel right now. I don’t know what to do because it’s a touristic city, so there’s not much else to do other than visiting museums and churchs. I recently found the multimedia room, where there are computers, and I found it would be a good idea to use it to access NoSurf rather than from my laptop. It didn’t quite work today because I decided to check my email and I only do it on my computer, trough Mozilla Thunderbird, which is not a website, so I also listened to some music and got caught by the recommendation system on YouTube and my morning was gone.
I’m at the multimedia room, alone, and decided to start a journal. I’d like to start a physical journal, journaling, writing about my day to pass the time and maybe keep this progress journal updated, but I only brought a pen but no paper or notebook to write on, so it’s a little difficult. Maybe I’ll start learning a bit more about meditation and mindfulness. I’m sharing the hotel room with my sister, so I’m not alone. I’m not sure about getting an accountability partner. I think maybe having someone to talk about NoSurf related stuff and maybe get to know each other would be cool, but I’m not entirely sure, though. I do talk to my mom a little about internet addiction and mention some facts I’ve seen but she doesn’t seem interested. Maybe having someone who would be interested in talking about it could be cool.
Since I’m gonna be on vaccations until September, I have a lot of free time. My mom and my sister will go back home in my country and move in the end of the year and my dad will be here working, so I’ll be alone during August, so I thought I could make friends, but I’m not sure how. If anyone knows something to do in a hotel or in a touristic city other than walking around visiting places or have any ideas in how to make friends in a city where I don’t know anyone, I accept suggestions.
I don’t think I have anything to add anymore. I went back in the text and added information, so I hope it doesn’t get confusing. Hope I’ll keep this journal updated regularly.