One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.

Words spoken by Aragorn in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, Book Three, Chapter 'Flotsam and Jetsam'.

Several years ago, I read an article in a Catholic magazine that recommended that if a person must use the internet, he should limit himself to checking emails only once or twice per day and having a specified time each week that do will do any other research on the internet. Never using the internet at home was further advised.

After first reading the article I was inspired to take the prescribed medicine for eSlavery and found it very beneficial. After following the practice for perhaps 3-4 months, I fell back into old habits and started spending more and more time  emailing, reading the useless gossip or sports scores, and visiting discussion boards (although seldom posting). I mentioned in my reboot post that I had a very difficult 2013 and I've realized that my internet habits did not help. If anything, I think they contributed to struggles with depression.

I know back in 2008 I did a second round of internet abstention and found I read (books) a lot more, walked more, and found the time to complete divers other projects I had constantly been putting off. I've renewed my realisation that the creature (internet) has again become the master of me, rather than the other way around as it ought to be.

One of the reasons I don't own a television is that I find TV to be a monumental time waster. This can easily apply to injudicious use of the internet. I'm therefore cutting back cutting-back on internet use. If I can stick to it, I expect an increase in writing along with progress on my Astronomi-con army. My increase in posts this month is already evidence that its working.

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