In July I read THE SHALLOWS: WHAT THE INTERNET IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS. It was a month of travel, where my Internet time was drastically reduced. It was liberating not to be tied to messages that demanded response, whether truly urgent or not. I didn’t miss the constant assault of opinions and noise on my Facebook page (I do like you, friends, but sometimes it’s all pretty overwhelming). I had a chance to reflect, regroup, and breathe.
I don’t think the Internet is evil, but I do know I don’t always like the way it pulls me in. In an attempt to be intentional with my time on the Internet, I stepped back from Facebook for the month of August. I’m not over there often, but just this small departure from the norm has reminded me how easy it is to be idle, to wile away precious time. If you’ve ever felt something similar to what I’ve shared above, I encourage you to read the links below and come back tomorrow to read some quotes I found especially provocative in THE SHALLOWS.