How to unplug and get a life

Posted on: November 8, 2012

Internet addiction is a serious matter. Time management skills are important for people like you, your spouse, your children, your parents, your grandparents, your co-workers and everyone to enjoy life — with each other. This video on isolation hits home to many people all over the world.

I cut off the internet and cable TV for six months this year. Internet isolation had set in and was destroying the family unit.

One day in March, I just did it.  Cancelled everything.  We have seven children, ages 17 to 31. At the time, only four called our house their home. They were, to say the least, not happy. But I am the parent and I pay the bills.

During that six months, they complained of boredom. With that said, everyone got a job and became active outside in sports or exercise. We meet for dinner and discussed our daily life. We went to church, events, and talked to each other. We became happy, healthy and connected — to each other.

In September, I turned the internet and cable back on again because their education and jobs required it.  But when it came back on, it wasn’t as important. It was a tool — not their social life. They were busy doing other things.


3 Responses to "How to unplug and get a life"

During this past week with no power from the storm , it was good to see my parents not being so reliant on the TV after they did get their power back :))

After 6 months of no internet or cable, we dedicided to only turn on the basic channels for news and the major networks. No Snookie or trash TV. It’s wonderful!

I agree that internet and cable can become a huge problem if you don’t manage your usage properly! I know for myself when I was living in my apartment in California, my roommate and I were paying our cable bill but never watched any tv. This is because we were too busy doing various activities. Now living back in nova however, I watch tv quite a bit because I am not as active as I used to be and there isn’t as much to do here. I couldn’t imagine turning the internet off though! That would be hard! Kudos to you!

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