A year offline, what I have learned | Paul Miller | TEDxEutropolis

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Paul Miller is an American Technology Journalist from Springfield, Missouri and senior editor for The Verge. During the past year he decided to disconnect from the hyperconnected world in an attempt to 'find himself' and become more productive. He abandoned the internet and disconnected from all Social Media, returning to a life before the net, apps and smartphones.

His experiment gained worldwide media attention when he published his article 'I'm still here' at The Verge. After a year of living 'disconnected' he published his findings and caused quite a discussion on hyperconnectivity and the influence of the internet on our daily lives.

At TEDxEutropolis Paul Miller will speak on his experiment 'Without the Internet' and his view on the intertwined worlds of living both online and offline. If you want to read his article entitled 'I'm still here' for The Verge, just follow the links. In the article Miller explains how the internet (and leaving it) influenced his life, which eventually also inspired a video documentary.

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19 Kommentare

  1. dazzling dandelions sagt:

    In my opinion, I think the internet is a powerful tool just that the way people came to use it now as a distraction and letting it lead them like voodoo dolls instead of them using it for their potential. Sad but that is reality.

  2. Jordan Smith sagt:

    He said it at the end. Balance is key. Sadly many people don’t know how to find a balance between online and offline life.

  3. Zackery Toot_Toot sagt:

    This is not a hoax, I am not lying
    This is serious
    I was banned from the internet and my computerfor 3 years, 3 YEARS because i was doing really bad at studies and i can say that during that time it was hard to get the thought of internet out of my mind but i can say that it was beneficial
    I aced about 3 exams in a row with real good marks, just because i had enough time to prepare for my tests those were the good days, now that i got my computer back i am chained to it again
    And its no good

  4. .. sounds like … a lot of people need a „real job“ .. discover what a blister is …
    .. discover what muscle tone and .. camaraderie on a “ construction“ job .. i.e. balance of mind, body spirit … ( church, fresh air,labor, books, „Real“ food = cooking .. ) … .. a „family“ will distract you from self- prioritization …
    … life without family = extinction …

  5. Looks like a description of his life!!

  6. snapback Damian sagt:

    he sounds nervous

  7. Bro gotta get laid

  8. Mariel Starnes sagt:

    Kind like texting BS wasting the time chaos I hated it . When I’m on vacation I would love not to use the internet at all! but I have to check my e-mail.

  9. bingmyfacespace sagt:

    to summarize he hardly learned anything and he’s still wasted time

  10. Dolziger Str sagt:

    I am only a teen girl but I deleted Instagram not because I was constantly connected because I wasn’t back then but because it’s just useless. Everyone trying to post pictures of good places they went. Trying to impress. Everyone showing their perfect bodies and trips. I deleted Twitter because it’s useless too. What is there on Twitter? Memes, mean people, ect? I gotta be honest some videos on twitter are really funny so once in a while I go look at some that will make me laugh. I never download Facebook. Waste of time. It’s only useful to stay in contact with friends out of town however you can just give them your cell. Problem solved. What about Snapchat? Well not trying to be rude but Snapchat and Instagram are really look alike. However Snapchat can be useful if someone doesn’t have a Phone but an iPad or whatever so they can’t message you. But one thing I know… Everyone has a Phone now these days. I still don’t understand why many of you still use those apps. The only apps I got on my phone are Spotify and Youtube. Spotify for some dope music. YouTube to look to some funny videos, educational videos or to discover songs. Gives you more time to work and succeed at school or at your work. Gives you more time to be creative. To read. To draw. To paint. To play sports. To live!

  11. Back in 2012 I didn’t have cable or internet. Tbh I felt for free and didn’t really have to worry about anything like missed notifications on insta. Now I feel to hooked on social media and checking it like every 10 mins. I’m probably gonna try go unplugged and see what happens.

  12. Rio Hemmings sagt:

    I would love to do this but I have things I have to do online like messaging family overseas, I use facebook messenger because it’s free, I have to answer me emails and do things like banking online.

  13. Anthony Sims sagt:

    There hasn’t been a single day in in the last 10 years that I haven’t been connected in some way.

  14. Dana Stribling sagt:

    It’s interesting that someone going offline for a year is such a big deal.

  15. Asher Selig sagt:

    I want to go off line but I’m afraid of missing out on stuff with my friends

  16. Paulo Ferreira sagt:

    Thank you for sharing. Greetings from Brazil

  17. Rachel Thompson sagt:

    the internet and social media has become Rome’s newest bread and circuses.

  18. buttacookies sagt:

    social media and the internet are two different things.

  19. Stephen Mesa sagt:

    Nobody would be watching this if they went offline

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