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Are You On The Internet Too Much? (slideshow)

Are You On The Internet Too Much? (slideshow) | Unplug | Scoop.it
Unplug before it's too late: Here are the 20 Signs You're On The Internet Too Much.
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It's the question of the day with lots of hair pulling and hand wringing, and most of us want to ignore it all together.


Check out the slide show and bring your sense of humor with you. Here a couple of examples of our spending too much time on the web.


  • You're incapable of writing anything longer than 140 characters.
  • The last time you saw a sunset was on instagram.
  • You've developed excessive FOMO (fear of missing out)
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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts

"Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book from award-winning Director Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute."

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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts... The film compares the internet to a child's brain with connections growing and being pruned at every moment.


What we put on the internet and what we put into our brains is hugely important.


Check out Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks - It's 10 minutes that might change your brain...

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What, No Instruction Manual?

What, No Instruction Manual? | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Has it really come to this? In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them. Often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.

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Before reading this article I'd never heard of Black-Hole-Resorts. Oh sure I knew there were getaway places that had no TV or Internet, I even knew of few of them didn't allow cell phones on the grounds. But for the life of me I didn't know a term had been coined describing these quiet oasis's.


A well written and enjoyable piece that ends with an upbeat conclusion that the children of too much technology will adapt to it much better than we have, they will see nothing abnormal about shutting it off.

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Study: People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day

Study: People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day | Unplug | Scoop.it
While it seems as if people are constantly on their smartphones, it may not be so far from the truth, as new research suggests that people, on average, check their phones every six-and-a-half minutes.
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How many times a day to you think you check your cell phone?


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He Gave Up The Internet For A Year: Now He's Back

He Gave Up The Internet For A Year: Now He's Back | Unplug | Scoop.it

I was wrong.

One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."



"It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned. I'm internet free."

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Until today I had never heard of Paul Miller or the heroic journey he's been on during this last year, his journey was to live without the internet for one full year.


Did Paul Miller find Nirvana or at least a pea sized bit of serenity over the year he withdrew from social networking and everything else on the internet? It doesn't seem so, but he does seem to have realized the age old axiom, " wherever you go, there you are."


I don't know Mr Miller but I can empathize with his struggle and disappointments he shares with us, and his conclusion at the end of his journey that "he was wrong." I'm at times this thought is hard to hold and look at.


Expectations are tailored made to deliver disappointment and its twin, suffering, My gentle suggestion to anyone who pines for a time without the internet is, seek balance within what is, don't run away.

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10 Things To-Do When You Unplug (with images, tweets & vines)

Try something new or something you haven't done in a long while. Unplugging will help you discover some things you may have forgotten about. And unplugging surely will open up whole new avenues to you.
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craig daniels's curator insight, February 28, 2013 4:21 PM

I've yet to meet anyone who told me their life seemed to have more time in it than it used to have. Generally people talk about how they have less time and never seem to finish what they have to do within the time they do have.


Spending time on the internet offers an amazing array of tools and information to help you get things done easier and with more efficiently but, often when you look up from the computer monitor or from your smartphone the day has slipped away.


We all need to strike a balance between being online and being unplugged from the net. Unplugging doesn't have to be a draconian act where we experience withdrawals. Unplugging can be as simple as getting up from the desk and stepping outside for 10 minutes or maybe having lunch with friends with a no cell phone or tablet rule.


Check out the 10 things to do and for an ongoing info on unplugging check out www.iunplug.com anytime or if the irony is too great just read a book.