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A Year Without the Internet

Paul Miller had a quarter life crisis and decided to quit his job and unplug himself from the internet for a year. Better for him—The Verge paid him to leave the internet and then write about it. His conclusion is what you might expect it to be.


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genevieveyorke (#3,796)

Oh shit, this hit home:

“As far as your life, giving you advice… I think I started having more success when I stopped feeling like there was a narrative to my life. I think once you let go of that idea, then, first off, you stop seeing yourself as, like, the most important thing in your narrative, you know? You see yourself as more of a component. I don’t have – there’s no arc to my story. There’s no, like, climax or anticlimax or dénouement. So trying to find where things connected or what made sense in my arc didn’t really make a lot of sense. And once I let go of that – because that was a big thing for me in high school and college – once I let go of that I started having more success or became happier.”

ThatJenn (#916)

@genevieveyorke YES. This has been the primary lesson of the last five years, for me.

LHOOQ (#1,634)

I don’t know if I’m disappointed or relieved to discover that going offline didn’t end all of his bad habits. Good essay, though.

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