Some people can easily turn off the Internet and ignore their favorite haunts. But many have the urge to compulsively “just check,” no matter what conversations and activities are going on around them.
That’s because each notification, like, and communication, is a stimulant that acts as a pleasure hit to the brain. Better than Denver smoke, or a doctored candy bar in some instances. It also creates an instant sense of excitement and a false expectation of being needed.
The irresistible urge to look at the Internet also can stem from a fear of missing out and compulsive and addictive behaviors. Do you wake up in the middle of the night with the urge to look at your post concerning how and where to locate a door-knob for a 89 Yugo in Budapest? Do you read something in a newspaper or magazine and then think … “Gee, I wish I had cut and pasted that.” Are you sending traffic reports from the Great Northwest to Missouri?
It might be time to cut back.
That Dr. Phil guy arranges retreats where people pay to hand over their problems and spend time in nature, talking face-to-face with people, and reconnecting with the real world. Most likely he would highly suggest replacing the times you’re checking your comments on the Internet, with real-world experiences.
Take a step back and ask yourself why you do mind numbing searches on subjects you know nothing about. Are you looking for a connection or are you in search of a missing link community that will accept you, warts and all?
Does the constant checking or archiving of your feckless life stem out of a fear of dying? Or is it just boredom? Wikipedia: I know everything! Google: I have everything! (Where’s the best place to hide a body? Page two.) Facebook: I know everybody! Internet: Without me you are nothing! Electricity: Keep talking all you girls who would not sign my yearbook in 1952!!
It might not be a good thing to poke fun at addiction, it is after all, a serious subject for a great many people. Perhaps a trip out of town for 90 days could be helpful. Might even learn how to be a even bigger bore and still be comfortable in that role at the same time. If that doesn’t work, then force yourself to spend time in the messy, mind-numbingly dull, or unpleasant real-world situations around you.
It might give you something good to talk about.
If none of the above works for you, then do just as I do, find a glass, some ice, pour you a good stiff one and kick back. It will all be waiting for you tomorrow, trust me.