The "10 Days Without Internet" Challenge

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by TheUnderdog, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    I know I'm not alone with this.

    I waste TOO MUCH TIME in front of the computer doing random stuff that has no positive impact whatsoever in my life.

    I go in circles. I check my email, then Facebook, then a couple of forums, then watch a video on Youtube, and then start the cycle all over again. I do this like 100 times per day.

    Today I realized how difficult it is to quit computer/internet addiction.

    So I want to propose an experiment, so we can all learn and share our conclusions and findings.

    I call it the "10 Days Without Internet" challenge.

    It will start next Friday June 8th and it will end at midnight Sunday June 17th.

    Everyone is welcome to join. Just reply to this thread saying that you would like to try it out.

    These are the rules:

    1) You are only allowed to check your email/facebook/yourbrainrebalanced twice per day. You will check it once in the morning and once in the late-afternoon/night. And when I say that you are allowed to check facebook I don't mean wasting half an hour reading your wall. What I mean is just quickly check if someone left a message. It takes less than a minute. If you end up spending 10 minutes on Facebook then you relapsed and you're out of the challenge.

    2) If you need the computer for work, then you will use it for work AND ONLY work. You will turn it off as soon as you finish whatever you had to do. If you decide to watch a video on youtube, chat with some friends, or check out what's new on your favorite forum, then you relapsed and you're out of the challenge.

    3) If you relapse then you will come here and say it. Remember, you're not allowed to use the Internet as entertainment. You're not allowed to take a quick peek at 9gag or any other useless site.

    The purpose of this challenge is not only to realize how difficult this will be, but also to come up with strategies so we can figure out how to quit this addiction. I believe it's going to be much harder than quitting porn.

    Anyway, if you're interested to join just reply to this thread.

    Let's do this!

    P.S. The challenge starts on Friday because most people don't work during the weekends, so this will force them to do something else with their time.
     
  2. Eternity

    Eternity Patience

    I'm in, it's going to be incredibly tough but I think it's possible. I'm going on a trip the 14th-17th, which should help (although staying in a hotel room may actually increase the risk).

    Already having "I can't possibly stay away, I need this"-thoughts about it. Wow.
     
  3. geordie

    geordie New Member

    i have the week off work that week. apart from 3 days cycling i know im gonna have a lot of time to myself. its the queens 60th jubilee and we have had 4 days off sat -tues and im already struggling. im gonna consider joining in. if i do it'll have to be no internet at all tho
     
  4. Beefheart

    Beefheart New Member

    Hi Underdog, bold plan. Count me in.

    This will be interesting. My 1st-time reboot has been easy so far (haven't needed K9 etc), but I waste so much time browsing and chatting with friends. It messes up my waking hours! I struggle to rise before 10am some days.

    Will be invigilating my art show for most of next week, which lessens the challenge. But what makes it particularly hard is that I have adapted my Artwork to my internet habit. Cunning eh? I'm talking about digital tapestries and collages, which means I get my source material from searching the net, and necessarily spend hours at the PC.

    Maybe my eventual goal will be to create one of these within a time-limit: no procrastination! It'll be a tough call.
     
  5. Daniel

    Daniel New Member

    I think there will be some interesting things coming out of this. I've been travelling before and could only use the internet once every few days so I know it's possible, but not easy. Couple of thoughts:

    - What about smartphones? I know when I'm away from my laptop I check my phone. Assume they're off limits other than for calls/sms.

    - I think at certain stages of my reboot, if I also had to deal with internet withdrawal symptoms at the same time, it would have been a bit too much for me and I probably would have relapsed in a big way. Everyone's different, but I know that I definitely replaced porn addiction with 'internet self-help addiction' using sites such as this to get me through.
     
  6. Eternity

    Eternity Patience

    Actually I'm probably going to fail due to the trip I mentioned. I'm going to have to look up some information regarding it the days before (it's a festival, and not all info is out yet). But apart from that I will avoid the Internet.
     
  7. rcfergie5

    rcfergie5 Guest

    I have no doubt at all that I am indeed addicted to the internet, and it's gonna be a very hard challenge. But I am willing to try--NO, not "try"--DO this challenge. I know I can last 10 days without the internet, I just have to find a way to keep myself occupied at all times. Count me in!


    Also, I am also not drinking any source of caffeine for the same period of time as this challenge, so that's also gonna go from June 8 to June 18 (Because I don't drink caffeine on Fridays through Sundays anyways).
     
  8. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    Like I said, if you really need the Internet for whatever reason (work, sending an email, looking for some directions, etc) then you're allowed to do it.

    You're just not allowed to use the computer for entertainment purposes. Not even for a couple of minutes.

    It goes without saying that Internet porn isn't allowed either.
     
  9. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    This thread will work as a journal for everyone.

    We will report our progress and we will admit our relapses here.

    My suggestion: We should make a list of the things we're going to do during the challenge.

    I have a couple of books I want to read. And I need to clean my room and office. I also have to buy a lot of stuff for the house and some clothes too. I might plan a trip to the beach. I'll do yoga every day as well.

    Let's do this!
     
  10. I'm in. I think internet overuse is a worse desensitizer from reality than PMO. Also, by doing this we will reduce our porn cravings. I will try to stay away from the computer from friday (the day my vacations start).
     
  11. Eternity

    Eternity Patience

    Sounds good, then I'll do it - the hardest things to stay away from for me will be news websites and last.fm.

    Regarding things I plan to do during this time:

    - Major cleaning, throwing some stuff away
    - Photography, try to go to places I haven't been to before with the camera

    Other than that, I'll probably come up with ideas as I go.
     
  12. Forgive Me

    Forgive Me tmrw belongs to people who prepare for it today!

    Great Idea Underdog,

    The cycle is exactly how you described and a hard one to break.

    I want to learn to use my time for more important and productive things. Fix the house, filing my paperwork, fix my bike, go jogging.

    Other than work i will only log onto ybr to provide updates.

    I am in!
     
  13. Any changes in your behaviour after quiting this?

    One indian Guy, told me once, if we want to have more enthuziasm for this life, or to be more energetic, we should avoid:

    Sexual intercourse
    Sexual arousing
    Drinking alcohol
    Smoking any type tobaco, marijuana and so on
    Doing drugs
    Staing at TV, Computer
    Listening to music
    Eating meat, eggs, fish, garlic
    Eating any type of sugars (ice cream, cakes, candys, sweets and so on)

    It is hard :D

    This is calld BRAHMACHARYA, the art to not cum...

    http://www.dlshq.org/download/brahma_nopic.htm <--- also a good information, but here is nor written what a wrote ^ (upper)
     
  14. Forgive Me

    Forgive Me tmrw belongs to people who prepare for it today!

    Not sure why eating fish, eggs and garlic is bad. They are all an important part of a healthy well rounded diet.
     

  15. Yes man, this products have real nutrients for our bodies, but they also stimulate sexual centre, so that means you will be more likely to have a wet dream, smth like that... Wet dreams also create chemical reactions in our brains...

    And I actually do not want to cut on meat, fish, egg and garlic.
    I just wrote that without them we gonna feel more enthuziasmatic. That's what the indian guy told me.
    He also gave me this 2 books.

    I'm gonna share them to you guys.

    http://hariomgroup.org/hariombooks/satsang/English/Towards_God.pdf

    http://www.hariomgroup.org/hariombooks/satsang/English/DivineInspiration.pdf

    Well maybe this have nothing to do with our reboots, but with the topic written by the Underdog I think yes.
     
  16. xman

    xman New Member

    Yeah... no thanks. Although after rebooting I will address my net addiction, that level of abstinence isn't for me... dude sounds like he's influence by what I would call an extreme Hindu/buddhist philosophy.
     
  17. Yes mate, he is a Hinduist.
    And his brain îs much more healthier then ours :))))).

    We've been wasting too much time in front of the computers.
    That's why I noticed guys from villages or arabs/asians seem to be more extrovert, because they do not abuse of things that we're abusing. Maybe that's only what I noticed.
     
  18. xman

    xman New Member

    Ok. Personally I'm weary of 'spiritual folk' based on personal (deep) experience - alot of hierarchies and group-think based on my experience.

    I'm also not of the persuasion that there is anything inherently wrong with being an introvert - you can still be an introvert and enjoy socializing.

    I agree that media technology is destroying the desire for meaningful organic communciation, but I'm convinced by that mainly from the insights of Neil Postman, and my experiences doing mindfulness meditation.

    Sex for is something that enhances my life personally. When I was a muslim I went through a 2 year period of being abstinent from sex (and PMO) - I've done the abstinence thing, it didn't enhance my enthuaism for life, it left me perptually frustrated. I prefer the path of moderation, trial and error, and risk-reward analysis.

    (Written in a friendly tone)
     
  19. maybe, I don't know. On this topic we just talk about cutting bad habits, I never told to anyone to cut on this :)

    for sure I won't cut on my sexual life when I'm back to normal ;)

    Cheers mate :)
     
  20. Forgive Me

    Forgive Me tmrw belongs to people who prepare for it today!

    hey xman,

    i note you said when you were muslim you abstained from sex and PMO.

    Muslims abstain from PMO but sex is allowed, just in a married relationship and not boyfriend and girlfirend.
     

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