Published: Good Men Project (July 11, 2015)
Matthew Rozsa discusses why it’s important to spend time offline as well as on it.
For someone whose livelihood depends on the Internet, and who maintains some of his closest personal relationships almost exclusively online, why do I feel the regular need to take a break from cyberspace at least once a day?
It started when I found myself feeling stir crazy whenever I’d spend too much time stuffed in my apartment, clickety-clacking away on my keyboard as I worked on a new article or chatted with friends online. At first I assumed it was the fact that I was working/socializing from home, but when I tried switching up the locations – pulling out the laptop and checking my cell phone at the library, the university center, various friends’ houses, etc. – things didn’t improve considerably. It wasn’t until I started taking those periodic breathers that my anxiety began to decline in a meaningful and lasting way… which brings me to my three reasons why anyone who spends more than a few hours every day online should set aside at least two waking (and non-working/commuting) hours exclusively offline: