August 1st is the start of a journey to break my bad habit of using the internet and social media excessively. I’m not afraid to say that I’m part of a culture where internet addiction isn’t uncommon. Since social media has become a common platform for businesses to market themselves and not just business but people are also marketing themselves now. Facebook has almost become a CV for employers to stalk your profile before hiring you but also a CV for friendship and relationships.
I have been thinking a lot about the internet and how it’s affecting my behaviour. There are studies that show that excessive use of the internet is decreasing our attention span, it is making our brains hyperactive and it’s also affecting our memory and those who use the internet too much may be facing short term memory loss.
So, August 1st, I’m going to be documenting myself breaking away from the internet for a month to see to see how I cope with the disconnection from social media and lose access to the vast amount of information that is available to us. This means, my facebook, twitter, blog, website and everything else will be very quiet.
THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS: I am allowed to use my business email for business reasons so I am not out of work. One benefit of the internet is communication out of the local community. So if you have any business enquiries then I will be able to reply from Keiran@fullerproduction.com. I won’t be able to use my personal email, that will be restricted.
I will also be uploading one video per day to YouTube but I will not be allowed to interact with the comments or read the comments. The video will be uploaded straight from my iphone giving everyone little snippets of how my journey is going.
During this journey I will be exploring the difficulties and complications of life today without the internet, I will be finding out what people think of me coming off the internet and whether they think they could do it themselves. I will also be doing some fun and possibly humorous tasks during the documentary that challenge the social media norms and transferring them into real life to see if they’re socially acceptable.
Finally I would like people to get involved. I would love for people to send me clips of themselves talking to the camera about any of the topics below:
1. Why do you hate social meda? (You may focus on facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or any other social platform)
2. Are you addicted to the internet?
3. Do you suffer from insomnia due to the internet?
4. Does the internet make you paranoid?
5. How would you cope without the internet?
6. Challenge: Try not using the internet for ONE day and record you experience
You can email me your clips to Keiran@FullerProduction.com
I’m both looking forward to this experience and very nervous as someone who uses the internet to waste time and cure boredom. I am hoping this experience teaches me something and that there is more to life than sitting at a computer every day and night.