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Ten Ways to Break Up with the Internet

Dear Internet,

We’ve been going steady for about five years now. An adrenalin-filled ride of stories, YouTube videos, and amazing selfie montages. Think of all the nights we have gone to bed together, as well as the mornings I’ve awakened, cradled with you in my arms.

This is difficult for me to tell you, but I need a break. Just a short one to clear my head and live life outside the allure of your keyboard and glowing screen.

And, just to make sure you understand, please read and understand my words. I’m sure you’ve never heard any of these reasons before.

  1. Hey! It’s not you, it’s me. You’re fabulous, fun, and engaging. I need some quiet time right now, and you deserve a more interactive partner.
  2. I love you. I’m just not in love with you. I’m tired of our daily routine. I’m sure you’re very nice, but I need something new. Something authentic.
  3. I think we should see other people.  I need to see real people. Spend time with the friends and family in my house, and not the memes on my phone.
  4. You deserve someone better than me.  You provide me with so much amazing content and information, but I get lost chasing squirrels and cat videos. You could do better.
  5. I just really need to work on myself. I want to be a better person for you. How can I love you if I don’t love myself?
  6. I need some space. Look, honey. I’m in the last stages of book edits and I can’t focus on my words if you’re tugging at my sleeves. I know it sounds selfish, but I have to focus.
  7. We’re on two different paths right now. I want to spend time on running trails, finishing personal writing projects, and lost in garden hideaways. You always want to get dressed up and go out. Sorry, internet, we want different things.
  8. I just don’t feel that spark. You used to make me excited, and now it’s just a routine. Surely there’s more?
  9. We can still be friends. I will never forget all of the special memories and time we’ve spent together. I have given you the best 8,451 hours of my life. Let’s have lunch sometime.
  10. If you love something, let it go. If it returns, then it was meant to be. Listen, I’m not saying that this is forever. In fact, we can take a small break if that makes you feel better. How about I check in on you in July? Don’t call me, I’ll call you.

Dear Friends,

I plan to be offline for the rest of June, but I’m not breaking up with you. I adore you!

I have removed Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress notifications from my phone and iPad so that I could get back to what it felt like before the internet sucked up so much precious time. I was going to disappear quietly, but hubby suggested that I give you the quick heads up on my spontaneous summer vacation.

I will be taking the rest of June off to finish book edits, spiff up the garden, run some trails, and pay attention to the people who live in my house. I’m a little scared to do the internet detox because I don’t want to miss anything you’re doing. In fact, I may still write about Rosa over at The Lovely Fire just to keep the creative juices flowing. Please come back in July where I will be featuring new guest posts, a completed book, and a cleaned up house (this place is a mess!)

I never take for granted that you read my stuff. I’ll be back to soak up your stories, to see your Facebook pics, and engage very soon.

I could never break with you forever 🙂

xo

PS: I apologize in advance for any birthdays I may have missed. That birthday calendar on FB is one of the reasons I keep my account!

PSS: Your turn! What tips and hints do you have for internet detoxing? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. 

82 thoughts on “Ten Ways to Break Up with the Internet

  1. Good for you 🙂 I go through phases where I disable most social media and stay away, think I am about to start another one now. I hope you get all you want/need to accomplished during this time…see you soon!

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  2. Ooooooh, I so hear you love and totally understand! I did this very thing some time ago and it was awesome and refreshing! I my big thing was simply not carrying my phone with me except to leave the actual house. Otherwise it stayed on its table in my bedroom. Technology makes it to easy so I had to really let it go.

    You will be missed and good luck with book edits and enjoy life!!

    Hugs and love!

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    1. Hey T,
      Love your phone idea! I wish I didn’t need it for work, or I would definitely put it in a drawer. Maybe I just check it at 8, noon, and 5? Baby steps, right?
      So, you’ll giggle at this. I went to FB last night to write down your address so I wouldn’t have to log in this morning! Your apron should be arriving at my house any day, and then I’ll send it your direction.
      I hope you’re doing well, and I know we’ll talk to soon.
      Hugs and love right back at you! xo

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  3. HUGS i’m sure you’ll get a great deal done in your life without the internet. A break is a good thing – if for no other reason than a good handle on what it means to you so it can be better managed.

    My trip is still pending – some repairs are being done to the house – and should happen late June, early July. I have your mailing address from the note you sent me when I was sick – how should i contact you when my schedule firms up? Assuming you are still interested in a coffee, that is. if you have an e-mail address or phone number you wish me to use, you can leave it at paulccurran@hotmail.com

    Have a good rest Mama.

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    1. You thought of this first, and I’m following your lead. It sounded like a fabulous idea when you mentioned it, and an even better idea when I committed to the same. See you on the flip side, Marissa. Have fun in NYC!!

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  4. go fr it!
    I regret getting back on FB..I jumped right back into addiction and i’m not happy.
    and it’s hard to let go again.
    Like any ind f addiction, relapse and return is worse.
    I haven’t written on my blog. I haven’t read a book. I have wasted countless hours. My bed time keeps getting later I am angry at friends because of their politics views….
    i may just hp off again.
    anyway…you go. good job. get outta here!!!

    xoxoxooxxooxoooxxooxo

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    1. Yep…an addiction, or a bad relationship. I don’t even get that upset at the stuff on the internet (because I scroll so fast), but I hate having my face hunched over all the time. I’m getting a lovely hump on my back from it!
      I have no doubt that you’ll be back and writing soon. If anyone can find the zen, it’s you. It’s you, baby! xoxoxo
      Byeeee!!!

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  5. Have a wonderfully restorative break. When I get busy doing more things and work outside, my internet usage naturally declines. I’m away (in Florida) for almost a month, and I don’t know how many posts, if any, I’ll write. Maybe one of photos. Spending time just living. Go! Be free! Live and love and finish up your book. We’ll be here.

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  6. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or is it fodder…? Either way, Michelle, you and your writing will continue to grow with or without the Internet. And like those friends who we see once every few years, yet always pick right up where we left off, your return will be like that old friend. Except, of course, I’ll ACTUALLY be older. Nonetheless, after five years of blogging, I plan to do the same in August — for many of the same reasons. Enjoy that time unplugged and yet plugged into the things that matter most. Cheers to you, your freedom and everything you will be savoring in your own sweet time in the month ahead 😉 Salud, my friend.

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    1. Awww…I love seeing you here, Ned. Honestly, you were one of the folks who popped into my head this morning as I threw this post up. You are so consistent and energetic, I do wonder how you can “crank out the tunes” week after week and still get your other writing projects done. I’m glad to hear that you’ll be taking a much deserved break, too. I’m ready to read that mystery of yours!!!
      Thank you for always being such a wonderful and supportive friend. I’ll leave some bacon at doorstep when I come back. xo

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  7. How could I be happy knowing that you weren’t Michelle 🙂
    Find that truth within, see what you really have inside and give to it. It has an integrity like no other.
    Here is great, but it doesn’t fill that need that began this in the first place. It’s a little thing called self love, and even though this was part of the journey, it cannot be found till you look inside that really big heart you have ticking away there 🙂
    Enjoy the journey, and when you really find that you don’t want to come back on here because you have found more of your truth…I love you anyway 🙂
    Be free to be you…or you are just ‘doing’ for everyone else…and that is not self love.
    Big hugs kind lady for sharing your heart on here, I enjoyed the journey AND the wisdom that you have given, may your chainsaw be sharp and your oven of love on full…for you…then you will give from that place…that is the secret 😀

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      1. And I’m very glad we crossed chainsaws too Michelle (even though yours are sharper than mine 😀 ).
        And regardless of the outcome, I will hear of the fame of the Lady Of The Lake in times to come. There will be this story of a beautiful woman coming up out of the depths holding a sword to show the world her truth, boldly going where none had gone before 🙂
        I shall await that ripple expanding out into the world Michelle. Hold that truth for it shines stronger than any other thing in this world. Remember that 🙂
        And a very big Namaste to you also my friend, know it will always be as near as that lovely heart beating within. xox

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    1. Lol! I actually thought of that when I asked the questions. Then I decided I’d rather hear from my friends than hibernate. The girl cave can wait one more day. Thanks, Mark!
      Ps: did you happen to see your book in my newsletter?

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  8. Last week I had to reset my phone due to storage issues (plus it’s really old, like 2 generations ago…ancient) and I thought I’d lost everything. I spent a whole day not checking my phone like I was expecting a text from the President. I fantasized about what apps I was not going to reinstall and how much more time I would have for knitting and tennis and learning how to do both of those things. Then I realized I lost all my contacts and calendar entries and figured out how to restore the damn thing. Damn. Today I’m going to read a book while waiting for my car to get worked on. You ask me, that’s living. Enjoy your trail runs and the company of the real life people in your life. You know where to find us. xoxo

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    1. We could have been sisters! I almost threw a party when my phone crashed a few weeks ago. I will enjoy my trail runs and my real life people – even though we haven’t met, I know we will some day and then we can be in each other’s real tribe, too. I hope you have a wonderful summer – you know I can’t take a break for too long when you have stories waiting for me. Xo

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  9. Super post. I take a break regularly and I applaud you for stepping back. Don’t feel bad in any shape or form – swim, cycle, read or meditate. See you when you return. Refresh and go onward!

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  10. I read this post the other day but didn’t have time to respond. What a fabulous way of putting it, there is just so much going on in the virtual world that sometimes it is hard to put it all down and live in the real one. Good on you x

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      You are so sweet to read and then come back and comment. Love your perspective. Living in the real gives us something to write about. I hope you’re doing well, and thank you for being here 😊

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  11. This is so healthy of what you are doing and I have much respect and admiration for you. I have been off of social media a couple of times including this year for the 40 days of Lent. And I also intentionally do not have media on my phone, I go on social media only when I have a bit of time to sit down at my home computer. My running is “my time” completely free of any electronics, no pace watches, music or even a wrist watch.

    As a lay pastor I still very much use the internet. Pretty much a necessity for my sermon prep nowadays. I have aspirations in my retirement of some day hiking a long distance trail such as the Pacific Crest, and be completely free of everything for a couple months or so.

    SOOO wonderful to read you are running. Hoping your knee is holding up well! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! Will chat next month! 🙂

    ~Carl~

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    1. Hello Carl! How have you been?
      It’s always so awesome to see you here, and to know you’re running trails in your neck of the woods, too.
      Thank you for the vote of confidence. Taking those icons off my phone has been the best exercise yet. I’m going back to basics and even have started calling my son for dinner from the top of the stairs instead of via text message 🙂
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment – I always love seeing you here 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much Michelle. You always make me feel so welcome and like an honored guest when I drop in. So much appreciated. 🙂

        I have been keeping well and enjoying the early summer weather up here in Canada. Maybe a bit too busy for my liking, but part is my own doing…..lol. Signed up for a couple more 50k ultras in the summer. Running about the same, but doing a fair bit more cross training.

        Couldn’t help but smile when you mentioned about texting your son for dinner. My wife does this too. I’m so notoriously slow at texting, it is much easier to call dinner from the top of the stairs…haha.

        Have a wonderful week Michelle! 🙂

        ~Carl~

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      2. I am in awe. Signed up for “a couple” of 50K ultras. That is awesome! While my knee is better, I’m afraid my marathon (and even half-marathon) days are finished. I’ve decided to try to be happy with 3-5 milers and new trails to discover. I’ve taken up yoga, and while I’ve yet to find a way for yoga to give me my runner’s legs back, it’s certainly returned me to the runner’s mindset…which is why I started running in the first place.
        Happy summer to you, Carl. You should feel welcome here–because you always are. Xo

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  12. A short time breakup is healthy too, it gives time to think about the relationship, gain new perspectives, long term goals and little things that you’re going to miss( Cat videos are just the best!) I wish you are back soon, the internet surely already started missing you! ❤

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    1. I am giggling so loud as I read your note, A. Having you here makes me miss the online interactions. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
      I’ll probably gradually come back – do some reading before I publish anything. You’ll be at the top of list when I re engage – reading your words and seeing your photos always makes me smile 🙂

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      1. Hi Mama! It;s Paul here. The plans are getting closer – around late July now. Sheesh, there is always one more thing to get done,one more permit or contract.But i do think it is still happening. The owner contacts us daily with updates and assurances. In fact he will be here this week and we have a meeting scheduled.

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  13. LOL … Will you even have time to get this far in comments. It’s only the 20th and June is for book edits. My super tip: I only cyber-hang (is that a word?) on Sunday and Monday. Tuesday through Saturday is off limits for lingering. I’m with the REAL people in my life … as it should be. Happy hiatus, happy editing, just … happy. ♥ Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Loved your sweet, cool note. Cyber hanging sounds like the perfect balance…I may have to adopt it. IF I decided to come back 😉
      Good luck on your book edits. What are you working on? I love hearing about that stuff.
      Thank you again for popping in to say hello….remember, you never saw me 😉
      Michelle

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  14. How sad is it that it’s over a month later, June has come and gone, and I’m just reading this post now? Sigh.
    I completely relate to #7 … real life is getting in the way of virtual life 😉

    Hope you are maximizing your summer and all the activities we try to cram into the short amount of time we have available while the weather is great 🙂

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  15. I’m wrestling with this issue now myself, Michelle.
    Admittedly, it’s been difficult to break away, but I’m doing pretty good.
    Unlike most of my brethren, I use the internet for more than just sex…

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  16. This is hilarious. The entire thing reads like a seinfeld skit. However, I share the sentiment. I dont do it as often as Id like, but somedays I just turn off tv and the net; and open a book. nice post

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    1. LOL! Thank you, Vinny. I can’t remember how long ago I wrote that post, but it certainly worked to start a mostly internet free summer. My most recent posts have been from kind guests. I think I’m almost ready to start writing regularly again.
      Thank you for reading. I love finding new friends 🙂

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      1. Thats a wise move. I kind of did that, when I spent a week at the jersey shore this summer. Your guest writers are very good. I can see how taking a break helps let the creative juices flow. Thats why I dont plan on writing a lot of blogs a week; but writing whenever I feel inspired. Thanks for reading my stuff.lol

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      2. “Writing whenever I feel inspired”
        That’s such a great rule to follow. Earlier in the year, I got a bit caught up in writing to keep an engaged audience and soon I was just writing and publishing crap. Fortunately, I have some very good writer friends in this WP space who helped bring me back.

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      3. That’s what happened to me with the first blog I had 3 years ago. I wrote to keep an audience, and I ended up erasing it. People liked my site too.

        I never really embraced my writing abilities until recently. Ive always been told i was a good writer.

        Im sure u didnt write crap though. Dont be too harsh on yourself, u have 62,000 followers.lol

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    1. Sure thing, Vinny! And I don’t follow just to follow. You and your writing grabbed me 🙂

      Ps: I don’t have 62k followers (I wish!) those are hits to the site. I have 8000 sweet readers and followers (thank you for being one) Most of that is due to finding real friends in cyber space and also having a big family who feel obligated to check in on me

      Have a great Sunday! I’m off to the golf course

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