Last Updated Jun 23, 2008 10:41 AM EDT
And in truth, it does interfere with my productivity, especially when I'm on deadline and dying to procrastinate in any way possible. Which is why I read Abhijeet Mukherjee's tips on how to break an Internet dependency with great interest, hoping to find some useful suggestions.
And yes, taking a one-day or longer vacation from going online seems reasonable. But one of his suggestions seemed horribly inefficient to me. Meet up with someone in person for a chat, rather than doing it online? What a waste of time!
Not to sound too cynical, but I believe that an awful lot of face-to-face meetings are black holes that suck the productivity out of my day. For example, I've got a client who wants me to drive out to his office, 45 minutes away, to discuss a project we're working on. The details are so straightforward that a simple e-mail (or -- gasp! -- an old-fashioned phone call) would suffice. Yet I'm going to spend an hour and a half in traffic, burning $4.69-per-gallon gas, to attend this 20-minute meeting.
In this case, I gotta defend the Internet as the more reasonable choice. So if using e-mail or chat can save me 90 minutes of downtime and be more environmentally conscious to boot, I guess I'm in no hurry to give that addiction up.