Tech writer Paul Miller's dreams of an analogue existence during his year away from the Internet didn't come true: "I just didn't really do much of that," he says about going to the library and using the post office.
He planned to leave reporting altogether, feeling like "there's always more and more news to cover," as he says in a video about his experiment. But instead of feeling free, he writes in an essay, he became something of a hermit: "Instead of taking boredom and lack of stimulation and turning them into learning and creativity, I turned toward passive consumption and social retreat."
A year in, I don't ride my bike so much. My frisbee gathers dust. Most weeks I don't go out with people even once. My favorite place is the couch. I prop my feet up on the coffee table, play a video game, and listen to an audiobook. I pick a mindless game, like Borderlands 2 or Skate 3, and absently thumb the sticks through the game-world while my mind rests on the audiobook, or maybe just on nothing.(more...)