I Wish I Were Offline

This may not exactly be popular or funny or thoughtful, but I don’t exactly like the internet.

I love the ability to instantly order anything my heart could possibly desire. I love that I can communicate with my friends at the touch of a button. I love having a convenient place where I can access all of the compiled knowledge of the human race.

But I hate using it to look at pictures of kittens and get into arguments with strangers.

What I dislike most about the internet and its attached culture is that it pulls me away from the real world.

I like going outside and touching things. I like to see my friend lick his lips before he answers a difficult question.

I want the world and all in it to seem real to me, but this grand spectacle of creation looks more like an illusion the longer I stay online.

The world is an interesting place, and yet here I am staring at a screen.

It’s hard to complain about the internet without sounding like an old person.

We bloggers can tell ourselves that we blog only for ourselves, and that whether people read our posts or not is inconsequential, but this is at heart a lie.

Having a blog is in itself showmanship. If we truly wrote these things down just to write them down, it would be more convenient to write then in a notebook and hide them beneath our mattresses.

We blog to be noticed, which prevents truth and reality from gracing our pages. How much of our online facade is based on what we really feel and think? Haven’t we become better at smiling through lies?

I don’t like staying awake at nights thinking of new ways to be popular and wondering how to squeeze two likes out of every visitor to my site.

I want to bring quality writing and entertainment to the world, and the best way to present it is through the internet, but I often worry that the need to build a networking strategy so I can reach more and more people gets in the way of my creative process.

I don’t want to leave. Blogging has been good for me.

But sometimes I get tired.

2 thoughts on “I Wish I Were Offline

  1. All very good points. That said, though, as someone who blogs anonymously, I do feel that I can write posts in my online community that do reflect what I really feel and think. And if someone doesn’t like my online honesty, they can simply stop reading my posts and move on. They probably won’t miss me and I certainly won’t miss them.

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  2. Very insightful, MadHairMan. I couldn’t agree more. I, too, have a love/hate relationship with the internet. At the moment it’s about 75% intense dislike and about 25% like.

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