02.05.13 by Jeff

Paul Miller: A Year Without the Internet

Paul Miller: A Year Without Internet
Paul Miller, a prominent technology writer, decided to escape the Internet for one year starting May 1st 2012. Miller just returned to the Internet yesterday and The Verge produced a fascinating video of his entire experience.

I don’t think I could do it. Watch the video below!

via: the verge

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Demian

    no internet but lots of xbox and other distractions… not really that impressive.

    • rye

      is it supposed to impress you?

    • people fail to realise he wasn’t trying to change the world or impress anyone, just an attempt to find himself

  • And I thought leaving facebook was big. It’s no surprise that in Paul’s reflection of the period he hints at it being depressive. The mere countdown to a comeback makes life online one to anticipate, so that every day in the process was one closer to Internet again. It’s like trying to stop smoking for a week. It doesn’t work!

  • It’s the first time I’ve seen someone attempt this. Great work

  • I’m not that impressed. It would have been interesting to see him live for a year without digital screens.

  • drew

    It’s relatively impressive, but I agree with previous posters that it’s a shame he didn’t avoid digital/virtual content, the whole experience might have been more profound. He could even have finished his book. I’m going to write a book, just after I click another booooooom post.

    • Joe

      You made me close my internet browser. Then I had to open it again to post a comment.

  • rye

    why do all these opinions hinge on wether the idea “impresses you or not.” i think the greater impact is that it just makes you pause and look inward at our own internet dependancy. the irony of posting a comment on a website through the internet alone seems pretty funny already…. this is a really great piece by the verge and personal and vulnerable story on paul miller’s part. if only all people could be as real with their triumphs and defeats.

    • completely agree


      its not about being impressive really. its just not that interesting to be honest. even the guy says he got nothing from it…

  • Guest

    Depressing at best.

  • kev

    “i spent a year without the internet…can you tell?” what a great question. but actually… can you?

  • mcgennisken

    It’s absolutely crazy to think that not using the internet is a big deal. I for one, believe that I could do this, but maybe I couldn’t.. I use every single day – sometime when I don’t have a signal on my iphone and can’t check my email, I get pissed off. What the hell is that?

  • lola

    I commend this guy for disconnecting and figuring out how to communicate in other ways. But agree that video games/or similar are still a distraction from more physical/interactive activities.
    I have to say that this short documentary is pretty melodramatic in the way it was made. The filmmaker(s) could have really discussed some more interesting questions, and less choppy cutting/dramatic music and pretty shots.

    Its slick and trendy looking, but not enough substance – I think there is more to discover under the surface of this man, and how he was using the internet, and thoughts on communication, and virtual socializing, etc.

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