April 27th, 2011 / 8:02 am

In search of lost internet time

This is not an accomplishment: Yesterday, I woke up at 6:30am and went to sleep at 11:30pm, roughly. I spent under an hour on the internet.

This may not seem like a big deal to you, but this is the least amount of time I’ve spent on the internet while being in town (that is, not out of town, e.g. on campus visits, giving readings, or – dare I say it? – vacation) in years.

And my time moved differently. It didn’t accelerate or slow down or anything like that: it’s just different time.

Like, everything happens so quickly on the internet. I can find any information I want there, I can have conversations with people who live anywhere instantaneously, I can make coffee dates and dinner dates without picking up the phone, I can make reservations for a moving truck and download movies and music, the internet can remind me of things I’d forgotten or things I didn’t even know I’d forgotten. It’s a magical mystical land.

There are times when I really question if the internet is better than reality.

One day with limited internet, and I wonder: Do you spend more of your time in reality or virtual reality? Are they the same thing now? What differentiates them for you? How do you spend your virtual time? How do you spend your non-virtual time?

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