A few weeks ago, I vowed to stay away from the internet for 48 hours. I made it for the most part, but I did use Google maps once because I decided to go out to Ikea. And CONFESSION: I used Robb’s iPad to play checkers for a while, but that did not require the internet. I picked a terrible time to do an “Internet fast” because it was a rainy, nothing-going-on sort of weekend. I went to Ikea and spent a little bit of money. I can kill a lot of time walking around Ikea. And I’m working through a couple books (Master Your Metabolism and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle), so I spent time reading. I will admit to feeling somewhat restless at various times, itchy to check email or read news or look at design blogs.
The thing about the internet is… it’s really useful. Fantastically useful. And fun. And good for looking up Galileo-related history tidbits for my thesis, watching old shows on Hulu, chatting with old friends, and reading great feature stories from newspapers and magazines all over the world. Moderation is my mantra. And that applies to the internet, too. It shouldn’t prevent me from spending time with people, or working on my thesis, or getting out and enjoying this big Midwestern city that I love so much. But … if it can connect me with friends and teach me about amazing things in the world and help me find out more about Chicago… well, that’s OK.