People usually don't take their own New Year's Resolutions all that seriously. In fact, failing at them is almost expected, or even joked about. Thus I am pleased to be doing rather well at reducing the amount of time squandered on the internet.
It seems doomed to failure to focus on 'Thou Shalt Not.' That just fires up your own rebellion. It must be preferable to focus on what you will be doing with all the time previously squandered on the internet.
That will be different for everybody so there is no point in wallowing in my own details. Suffice it to say that I feel mentally healthier and proud of the respect shown my own mind and life, by de-emphasizing the internet.
It is strange how many health fads and food phobias there are in the world. Sharing a meal with another human being has become something to be avoided, and this was true long before the virus. And yet, where is the concern for what we are doing to our minds with all those hours on social media, news sites, advertisements, infomercials, and the like?
I have become the secular equivalent of non-mainstream religious sects who follow the old nostrum about 'being in the world, but not of the world.'
Or maybe someone can come up with a cute label like Paul Craig Roberts, who calls himself an "American regime defector." Internet regime defector? Doesn't quite have the right ring to it.
OK, I can't resist a few details: with all the internet and telephone attacks going on these days -- usually it's a guy with a Asian Indian accent who claims to be calling from Indiana -- I now sign out of as many accounts as possible, especially Amazon. When signing in, make sure the "Stay signed in" box is unchecked.
I even lock out my credit card, except when I am getting ready to use it.
Each password is now a computer-generated, complex, long password, and I used it for only one account.