Being Off-Line Is Awesome

I was offline for a few days. It was awesome! I did some stuff with the family, did a bit of traveling, took some time off from work, and in general had a grand old time.

I also realized a few things:

  • The world goes on whether you pay attention to it or not. And that’s fine! It’s better to pay attention to your own corner of it.
  • The desire to use the Internet is directly proportional to my level of boredom. When I’m not bored, I don’t feel the need to use the Internet. Amazing how that works.
  • “Fear Of Missing Out” is dumb, because the stuff you’re afraid of missing out on is dumb. None of that stuff matters. Be with your family!
  • The Internet is a tool. I’m using the Internet to create, to connect, and to promote stuff. There’s a lot of interesting reading and listening material on it, but the rabbit holes are deep and ultimately a waste of time that could be spent doing something else.
  • Everybody is on their phones. Everybody! I was in a large city recently and I can’t tell you how many times some hunchback smart-phone watcher nearly barreled in to me. And everyone’s wearing headphones even though their outside–some watching videos while crossing busy streets and stuff. You can’t put your damn phone away for the fifteen minutes it might take you to walk uptown? Also, you look stupid hunched over your phone while you’re walking. 
  • Fashion sucks. Young men and women look completely idiotic with this bizarre return to an 80s aesthetic mixed with a space-alien’s sense of what looks good. Really, our fashion industry is run by morons. 
  • Haircuts suck too. People have the worst hair I’ve ever seen in my life. I blame the Internet for popularizing just truly awful fashion.
  • The world would go on just fine without the Internet, smartphones, social media, and so on. Like I said in a recent post on a similar topic, we’d be fine. We might be better off, really, Sure, you wouldn’t be able to have that restaurant literally down the street from you deliver your food right into your gaping maw, but oh well. It might actually force you to get up and get some fresh air, maybe even get that heart of yours a-pumpin’. 

And with that, see you next time.


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20 comments

    • Poor fashion sense in Alex’s stomping grounds is inexcusable considering the Northeast is home to “Ivy Style,” which is the best style ever for both looking sharp and being comfortable.

      In addition to Art of Manliness, you can’t go wrong by dressing like Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” or “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

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  1. Alexander

    Sigh. The fashion industry is run by gay men who regard as women as boys with big hips and no boobs. And too tall.
    That’s why it sucks.
    Off line is great and when you go back online you realize people get worked up over trivia

    xavier.

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      • “Airplane” (1980), but Johnny *IS* the Show! For every year!

        “Off-line is Alive” should be the show we all star in everyday.

        Too many people are walking around my neck of the woods welded to a screen. The walking video producers with selfie-sticks are some of the worst. I saw one narrowly miss being run over in an intersection, walking against the red, filming away. Angry as heck at the motorist, because … reasons, I guess.

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      • Haha! Of course! Should’ve figured based on the post’s featured image. I haven’t seen Airplane! in so long, I didn’t recognize the line.

        You’re right about selfie-sticks! I first saw them in Athens back in 2015–ALL the Chinese tourists were carrying them. We had a good laugh at how absurd they were. Then back in the States and BOOM! Everyone’s got them. I also saw about a billion of them in Manhattan recently. LAME.

        Maybe a few auto accidents involving selfie-stick wielding pedestrians would raise awareness of this issue?

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  2. Alexander,

    —-After reading different takes on the internet and having my own opinions, out of all of that, what you wrote here may just have convinced me:

    “…The world would go on just fine without the Internet, smartphones, social media, and so on. Like I said in a recent post on a similar topic, we’d be fine. We might be better off, really, Sure, you wouldn’t be able to have that restaurant literally down the street from you deliver your food right into your gaping maw, but oh well. It might actually force you to get up and get some fresh air, maybe even get that heart of yours a-pumpin’.”

    —-Right words at the right time maybe. I’m less online than most but I can remember the time before and while there’d be a huge adjustment, you’re right. Life would go on. Probably not knowing about things that as far as I know, I don’t effect would be a boon. Wouldn’t waste my time reading about valid criticisms of what I think of as the degradation of society, corruption of politicians and so on.

    —-If me trying to be a good person has a ripple effect anyway, than does it really matter if I know about things like billionaire criminals?

    —Socially, people would be forced to interact more and who knows what good things could come from such meetings? Or people would have to read a book while waiting instead of being on their phones. Bring back payphones!

    —I used to think a healthy balance is possible with the internet but I don’t know, like I said, it’s not as if you suddenly struck upon some hidden and new message regarding the ‘net but perhaps reading it stated so honestly, innocently and succinctly connected in a new way for me. So thanks for sharing.

    cheers

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    • I’m glad you found the post edifying. The internet really is designed to rob you of willpower. The endorphin rushes of likes and responses and so on is really too much to resist. The only choices are to give in to it, or to be physically removed from devices.

      Think about how angry many of us get when, for example, the internet connection is down. What’s the worst that can happen? We can’t read some article or Facebook post or whatever? Oh well. Why does it make us so mad? Or if not mad, then annoyed?

      Questions to ponder. We would be juuuuust fine without these toys. Because that’s mostly what they are.

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