What It’s Like to Live a Year Without the Internet

Paul Miller

26-year-old technology journalist Paul Miller has just returned to the internet after successfully surviving an entire year offline. At 11:59PM on April 30th, 2012, Miller disconnected from the internet completely, traded in his always-connected smartphone for a “dumb” phone, and resolved not to use SMS text messaging either. During the experiment Miller continued to write for The Verge, sharing nuggets of wisdom from the offline world, and after 365 full days without the internet he has finally returned with a better understanding of how an always-connected lifestyle affects us all. You can read more on Paul Miller’s journey at The Verge.

My plan was to leave the internet and therefore find the “real” Paul and get in touch with the “real” world, but the real Paul and the real world are already inextricably linked to the internet. Not to say that my life wasn’t different without the internet, just that it wasn’t real life.

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