I’m feeling out of sync with the human race.
Some people decide to spend a year travelling around the world to discover their “true self”. Paul decided instead to leave the Internet. With the same disappointing results: there is no true self to discover because there is no pre-existing individual essence to what we do and how it impacts people around us.
But beside the metaphysical aspect of Paul’s experiment, his warning against the addictive nature of the Internet is a topic that is not going away anytime soon. Just talk to any social game developer and you’ll understand the lengths they’ll go to to make sure you keep coming back and wanting more.
Digital detox clinics are popping up everywhere, and I expect the movement to grow well beyond the most extreme cases - how much we let technology impact our lives and social communication is a question we all ask ourselves.
I personnally try (and usually manage to although my girlfriend will disagree on that statement) to turn my phone off from 8pm to 8am, at least one day of the week-end, and most of my holidays.
How do you guys deal with digital burnout?