As far as 2016 is concerned, the internet and I are taking a break from one another.
Allow me to explain further.
I don’t have an irrational fear or hatred of the internet; in fact, quite the opposite, I unintentionally devote copious amounts of time to digital halls of seemingly endless information. So I am certainly not attempting to become Amish or anything like that.
To be honest, there is a fairly significant caveat to my virtual monkish seclusion. I still have on my iPhone numerous apps that are useless without an internet connection. Likewise, the internet is essential for a few programs on my office computer. And if you are taking the time to read this, obviously I took some length of time to post it online. Quitting the internet might, then, be slightly hyperbolic of me to say.
But my intention, nevertheless, is to do just that. Except for my ESV, Logos, Podcast, and SermonAudio apps, my phone is now restricted to being essentially a dumb phone. It calls and sends texts, and I can read or listen to books from it. Gone are games and browsers that have consumed more time than I care to admit, and I’ve banished Netflix and YouTube to join them behind an ever secure passcode, created and known only to my wife. She alone holds this key, and in the event that my willpower breaks down, she will faithfully remind me that fail videos will still exist in 2017.
Joking slightly aside, I don’t write any of this to point out how disciplined or pious I am. Really, it’s the exact opposite. Though I don’t think that my time spent watching cats being strange or people hurting themselves is sinful, I’ve wasted enough time that I need a shake up in my life. There’s too many dead guys’ books to read, too many people around me to love, and too many things I should be doing to waste time on silly entertainment.
So more than an exercise of discipline, this is a life experiment.
Will I be more productive, intentional, and present without the full force of the internet in my life?
I don’t know the answer; I’m just beginning the journey. I pray that this experiment will be effective, but who can say?
On Sunday evenings, I will take a few moments to schedule blog posts for the remainder of the week, so over the course of the year, I may or may not give an update as to how my online “fast” is going.
If you think of it, pray that I will be conformed ever more to Jesus Christ through this time, and I hope, with my schedule cleared of much frivolous entertainment, to spend more time praying for you all as well.