18 votes

A modest proposal: Just log off

7 comments

  1. [7]
    cloud_loud
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    I just found this and liked it. Thought it was valuable. It's different from the dozens of articles we see that say stuff like "I stopped using the internet and I've ascended to god-king." The...

    I just found this and liked it. Thought it was valuable. It's different from the dozens of articles we see that say stuff like "I stopped using the internet and I've ascended to god-king." The author says:

    The online space is here to stay, obviously, and I’m not suggesting we give up on it forever, nor that all of it is bad. But I think more of us need to prioritize the ability to think, exist, and be offline.

    I'd also like to build on this by saying that you can use the internet a lot and still not be Extremely Online. You can stream movies and TV shows, you can watch YouTube videos, and read articles about stuff that interest you. You don't have to lock your phone and your computer in a closet in order to feel better or to stop existing solely online. As long as you avoid the huge web of drama that exists, and you don't spend every waking moment scrolling through Twitter, or Instagram, or Reddit, you'll start feeling a lot better. There are websites and subreddits that are detached from the boring cycle of internet drama that only the Extremely Online care about.

    But, also, try not to spend so much time on any platform or forum.

    12 votes
    1. [6]
      suspended
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      I'm not sure where this 'Extremely Online' phrase has originated from but I can guess. An example of something that I believe some (most?) of us have observed is the phenomenon of live (mostly...

      I'm not sure where this 'Extremely Online' phrase has originated from but I can guess.

      An example of something that I believe some (most?) of us have observed is the phenomenon of live (mostly rock?) concerts.

      If you go back through YouTube (or other footage) videos of live concerts, prior to cell/smart phones, you'll see everyone experiencing the moments of the music without much distraction. However, if you look at footage after the advent of cell/smart phones, then you'll see a very different dynamic that is pronounced with people filming rather than experiencing.

      This example has slapped me across the face a few times and I've realized that our screens have taken away so much of our biological/natural experiences. Sadly, this will continue to degrade us.

      5 votes
      1. [2]
        Tardigrade
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        I get where you're coming from with that interpretation but I've always understood it as more up to date with all the memes and trending things on twitter and people who keep up with a constant...

        I get where you're coming from with that interpretation but I've always understood it as more up to date with all the memes and trending things on twitter and people who keep up with a constant drama that only concerns other people on the internet and nothing in real life.

        13 votes
        1. cloud_loud
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          Yes this is the more accurate definition.

          Yes this is the more accurate definition.

          6 votes
      2. Amarok
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        Once it's AR lenses and we don't need our hands for the device the screens will recede. AI is borderline at the place when a single photograph can recreate a person or room, so aiming cameras is...

        Once it's AR lenses and we don't need our hands for the device the screens will recede. AI is borderline at the place when a single photograph can recreate a person or room, so aiming cameras is going to get a lot less important. AR could still get worse, though.

        3 votes
      3. Kuromantis
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        I personally think it's just a rephrasing of the phrase terminally online but explicitly from the POV of an earnestly concerned outsider.

        I personally think it's just a rephrasing of the phrase terminally online but explicitly from the POV of an earnestly concerned outsider.

        3 votes