Do you want to know what’s the biggest drug in the world right now?
Everybody is on it. It’s not only super addicting but also cheap, accessible, and promoted more than simple carbohydrates.
Every day we spend a brutal amount of time looking at a screen. But the device itself isn’t behind the addiction.
How often would you use your computer or phone if they weren’t connected to the Internet?
Most people won’t bother turning them on.
Many can intuitively sense that there is something terribly wrong with the criminal online consumption that we engage in.
There’s a basic filter that will always reveal to you whether an activity is harmful or not…whether it’s a vitamin or junk.
The true character of an activity reveals itself only after the act is done.
How do you feel after watching porn? As if you’ve put dirt on your soul.
How do you feel after playing video games all day? Ashamed.
How do you feel after eating junk food? Sick and guilty for poisoning yourself and supporting an evil industry.
How do you feel after spending your entire day, or a notable part of it, browsing?
Your eyes are red. Your mind is scattered. You can’t focus. Your mental energy is gone. You’re sorry for dedicating another day to the “online casino”. You feel robbed by the technocrat gangsters.
How do you feel after a good workout?
You feel proud and strong.
How do you feel after studying hard?
You feel productive.
How do you feel after reading a book?
You feel smart.
How do you feel after eating a good meal that isn’t produced in a laboratory?
You feel balanced and happy.
Ultimately, it boils down to this:
Destructive behavior = Feels amazing while you’re doing it but causes turmoil afterward and stops your development in the long run.
Constructive behavior = Feels dreadful while you’re doing it but triggers a feeling of satisfaction afterward and gives you the greatest return on your investment in the long run.
Mindlessly browsing the Internet is a form of destructive behavior resulting in the following aftermath:
1. Lost time
When you calculate how much time you spend on the Internet without having to be there, you naturally ask yourself – what did humanity do before the Online Fall?
The Online Fall is a term referring to the Internet hole that people have been sucked in.
2. A Fried Brain
The Internet is endless. The amount of data that people have uploaded while I’ve been writing this post can fill a plantation of hard drives.
The human brain was never meant to process so much information. Forcing it to do so is the equivalent of playing a very demanding video game on a Celeron processor. It just can’t be done.
Since we can’t upgrade our brains. The best solution is to lower the load.
3. Lost Human Connection
Who do we ask when we don’t know something? The Internet.
In the past, this was impossible because the Internet didn’t exist and when it came out there wasn’t as much information on it.
Some people will naturally say that online content is a positive thing because “knowledge is power”, but this type of info exchange dehumanizes society and creates asocial people with no communication skills.
Every time you go to the computer for an answer, you are killing an opportunity to interact with a human being.
4. Paralysis by analysis
The fitness industry is a perfect example of the phenomenon known as paralysis by analysis a.k.a. too much thinking and not enough doing.
We are looking for a magical piece of information and avoid taking action until we have the missing piece. Of course, that moment never arrives.
Chances are that you already know enough about building muscle and don’t have to watch another YouTuber telling you to do curls from a “revolutionary” angle.
Back when I got into lifting, the information was a bit more scarce, especially in video format, because YouTube was in its early days.
But even at the time, we had more than enough information to get the main benefits of lifting.
5. A completely destroyed attention span
At my worst, I would do something for 1-2 minutes (e.g., start writing a post) and then open a new tab and browse for 1-2 minutes, then return to the post, then start a YouTube video…etc.
I didn’t realize how bad the situation was until the same “chopped up behavior” overtook my offline life too.
For example, I would start dressing to go out and in the midst of it, I will go to the kitchen to eat something without a shirt on and then return to putting my clothes on.
I hate this behavioral pattern because it tires you and keeps your anxiety levels high.
The only way to fix it is to cut it at the source – the machines connecting you to the Internet.
How To Cure Internet Addiction
People recommend many different solutions. Some advise you to install apps that block other addicting apps such as social media.
Many also suggest to make your phone screen black&white and to add a block filter on your browser that asks for a password every time you try to get your dose of bad websites.
Those tactics have merit but fail in the long run because they don’t reconstruct your lifestyle on a fundamental level.
The only way to cure Internet addiction is to inject your life with activities that physically prevent you from using a device connected to the Internet.
Trying to cure Internet addiction with limiting software is akin to fixing alcoholism by going to a bar and ordering a bottle of water.
Sooner or later, you will slip because you’re in a seducing environment.
Most activities that take you away from the computer fall into two categories – sports and physical labor.
Over the past year, I had to do a lot of renovation and construction work such as installing tiles on floors, building kitchen cabinets…etc.
This type of work may not be glorious, but it successfully took me away from the Internet for a good part of my day and reduced my anxiety levels.
I realize that most people have to work on computers. I am the same way. The above was just a detour for me.
But even if you work on a computer, you can still apply the same schema in your free hours.
When you come back from home, do some woodwork, origami or go for a swim. Do not plug into the computer just because you’re “exhausted”.
You’re not. Your brain may be fried from looking at a screen and searching for the right words, algorithms, or whatever, but your body is actually full of energy because it hasn’t reached its full capacity.
The human body is supposed to be tired at the end of a day. Your legs are for walking, your arms are for building…etc.
Conclusion: Cut your computer time and fill your day with as many offline activities as possible. It doesn’t have to be something extraordinary. Going into the forest/garage/park and shooting beer bottles with a slingshot will work.
Step by step, you will rebuild your entire palette of habits, and many of your Internet activities will start to feel empty and boring. You will more than likely have an “I should have done this earlier” moment.
The Powers That Shouldn’t Be Want You Online 24/7
If the masters want you to have something, they encourage you to buy it.
If they don’t want you to have it, they create a law and confiscate it.
The most basic examples would be smartphones and weapons.
Smartphones are encouraged because they provide the following benefits to the system:
- constant entertainment
- digital lust
- multiple channels for advertisement
- financial profit
For the reasons above, smartphone ownership is heavily stimulated.
The Internet operates on the same principle – the architects built the network purposefully. The Internet was not the result of an organized human revolution. We didn’t take it. They gave it to us.
Many think that the elite made a mistake by allowing the Internet to exist, but this isn’t the case. If they want to shut down the Internet tomorrow, they will do it, but they don’t because it’s a useful tool that digitalizes human interaction and makes us robotic, docile, and content to live in a digital illusion.
In different, they don’t want you to have weapons because armed people are dangerous and difficult to control. They would like you to remain an Internet addict spending most of his free time consuming endless streams of low IQ content and pornography.
Never forget that the main purpose of the system is to extract resources out of you. They see every human being as an asset that has to be exploited from cradle to grave.
And just like bad food that makes you sick, Internet addiction is also part of the plan. A generation that lives online is not a threat to anyone.
FAQ: How will I get my “enlightening content” if I am not online?
First, you can still use the Internet in moderation.
Second, you can get as enlightened as it gets without the Internet. The Internet is a new invention. It’s not even 50 years old which means that it’s probably younger than your parents or grandparents.
Assuming that you can’t get “red pills” without the Internet is incorrect because we’ve been doing it successfully for thousands of years.
What did we rely on before the Internet?
Books, offline conventions, educational facilities…etc.
And guess what… the best of culture has been built without the Internet and other advanced technologies that we have today.
All the great books of our time came to light without a word processor and online dictionaries.
The best music was created without DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations).
I would even argue that focusing on books in audio and written form will produce a lot more retainable knowledge than browsing random sites (including mine).
Books have an element of magic to them that is hard to replicate.
If today was the last day of your life, would you spend it on the Internet?
I would definitely log on and say goodbye to everyone, but after that, I’d spend the rest of the day offline and outside of the apartment regardless of the weather.
I would try to reconnect with people that exist outside of the digital realm.