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Ten things I’ve noticed after taking a break from the internet

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I had been feeling sick of the place it held in my life.

The internet.

‘Checking in’ every time I had five minutes.

After a while I realised that every spare five minutes was going to it.

What about me? I heard a little inner voice chiming.

Do you know? I couldn’t remember the last time I had in individual thought.

That freaked me out. The internet was switching off my brain and sapping my individuality.

I know that sounds a bit extreme but when you only have a handful of five minute slots throughout the day and they are cashed in inadvertent escapism it feels like you are losing yourself.

Thing is, I didn’t want to escape.

Isn’t that nice?

Don’t get me wrong, the internet has been a saving grace during some tough times.

Just to supplement the isolation of staying at home with kids was enough but there were other things I got out of it.

The expression and growth that comes from blogging, supportive private groups on facebook, the friends I have made.

I could never dis the internet for opening up my world but at the same time, like I said, when you only have a handful of five minute slots during the working 24/7 that comes with being a parent I found that there is a fine line between socialising and escapism.

So below you will find some things I’ve realised after taking time off:

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So there you have it. I’m off again.

Will I be back?

I don’t know yet.

Would love to hear from you if you are still out there!

Thanks for reading,

Laura x

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19 thoughts on “Ten things I’ve noticed after taking a break from the internet

  1. Ooo don’t know if I’d be brave enough to try!

  2. Oh, I hear ya! I’ve taken a small break recently and it was brilliant. I think if we could find a happy medium between the online and real world it would be great! x

  3. I think I need a detox. I realised when I was away that nobody texts me ever anymore, it’s all via facebook message. It *may* be time to remove the app from my phone. Missed Ya !

    • Ah thanks. Me too. I found taking it off my phone was the first step. Babysteps. I was months mulling it over before I even got to the stage where I was ready to take the break.

  4. Love it, I totally felt all that when I had a break. After a few mins I was fine, didn’t feel I was missing out. I could still text my friends and could talk to them, the kids and my partner x

    • Its amazing the effort I went through to contact some people as I hadnt got them to hand online. Makes you realise who is really really in your life when you need to scrounge around looking for phone numbers, addresses and emails!

  5. The key is moderation I reckon – but it’s impossible with smart phones. In which case the other key is leave the socialising for the computer. Then it becomes s deliberate thing – not a bunch of mindless minutes of flicking. I think I’ll take some of my own advice!!!

    • I have been thinking that too. Designating specific times and computer only socialising. My phone crashed today. Long enough for me to decide my next phone wouldn’t be a smart phone. Then it came back to life and I was like ‘phew.

  6. tried this before. it felt great but i inevitably had to come back. technology is part of life i realized. but yes, Moderation is key šŸ™‚ and no, i dont have a smart phone so yay to me! it’s all just laptop so i guess i am not as addicted as most people. šŸ™‚

    kisses from the Philippines! https://shalloweuphoria.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks for getting in touch. As I read your comment I am nodding all the way. Look at me here now. I’m back. Now I just need to set myself some ground rules. Kisses backatcha!

  7. Its hard to contemplate a world without social media but funnily enough I was no way near as bad as I am now and that is because of blogging. I am constantly checking for comments and notifications on Instagram.

  8. Breaks from online are so badly needed! I take weekends off social media to help clear my head x

  9. This is SO true! A break from the internet is always good! And I get SO much done. Like today, I didn’t sign onto the internet all day and I got so much done, it’s amazing! I also felt better in myself and had more energy. I did message a friend back and forth, just chatting about every day life but didnt actually go onto social media etc. It’s incredible the influence the internet has on us, isn’t it?!

  10. YES YES YES!!!
    As much as I love the internet is amazing to have a break… but then Im worried about what I’ve missed.
    #FirstWorldProblems
    Great post hun
    Charlotte x

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