My 2017 Resolution: Four Reasons For an Internet-free Sunday

2017-300x199 My 2017 Resolution: Four Reasons For an Internet-free Sunday

“like most people, I am frustrated by how the Internet tends to waste countless hours of life.”

New Year’s resolution time is here, and I am again tempted to be overly ambitious.

In moments of passion, I find myself wanting to make extreme changes to my habits that I know will not survive the first week of the New Year. Upon reflection, I have resolved to do something that is both possible and practical this year: Make my Sundays Internet-free.

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I chose this resolution because, like most people, I am frustrated by how the Internet tends to waste countless hours of life. Whether it be emails, websites or social media, there is always the obsession to spend an extra nanosecond to deal with the latest notification that quickly stretches into an hour.

In response, my overambitious side tells me to break off my connections with the web. And yet I know that this is impossible because so much depends upon these connections both socially and professionally.

However, what I can do, and I suspect many others can also do, is curtail my exposure. Hence, my resolution to spend my Sundays Internet-free. I really do not need to be connected on Sunday. The world will survive quite well without me online. A mutual separation is quite in order. And so I propose to cut myself off completely. That means neither a peek at a screen, nor a jot or title of text. The break must be total.

For this resolution to be effective, I must outline the reasons why I am doing it.  When the passion of my pledge passes, those reasons need to be handy to steady me in my resolve.

And so, the first reason to spend Sunday Internet-free is to because it is the Lord’s day. The day is not mine; it is His. It is only right that on this day dedicated to God we spend time thinking, praying, praising and giving glory to God. In the frenetic intemperance of our days, people do not stop to address God. They do not listen for God’s words. God does not text message. He is to be found in the silence of our hearts. An Internet-free Sunday is a good beginning to increase in the love of God.

The second reason to spend Sunday Internet-free is because it is traditionally a day of rest. It is proper that we step outside the frantic rhythm of our daily rat race and take time to reflect, rest and regenerate ourselves for the week ahead. The body is not a machine that can be constantly in motion. It needs time to stop and disconnect. One excellent way to disconnect is to literally disconnect by observing an Internet-free Sunday.

Sunday should also be a time together with others. It is the perfect occasion for people to visit and converse. There is no substitute for such face-to-face contact. In our individualistic age, where everyone is tethered to their machines, it would do us all good to look up from our devices and get together with others to quell our insatiable thirst for community.

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Finally, I believe that true culture can only come from those who engage in leisure and take the time to contemplate the meaning of life. The failure to seek or even desire a psychological repose leads to much anxiety and stress. Many have come to disregard tranquility, recollection, and true leisure in favor of the exhaustion of constant activity. An Internet-free Sunday can be a time for those proportional spiritual pleasures—joys like conversation, art, and silence—that are part of a culture and need to be developed.

One is forced to admit that an Internet-free Sunday is hardly something that will radically change the world, but it is a good beginning. It is something practical and doable. It will have a good effect upon me and those around me. Why not give it shot?

And if I fail? I can always push the reset button and try again.

  • Ogom

    Beautiful plan. Good you shared. Internet free Sundays!

  • Ann Hessenius

    Oh, oh…This would be a very good resolution for me!

  • Jerryb53

    Like yourself John I would really like to cut the internet out of my life completely. But like you said society depends on it now. I long for the days of receiving letters through the mail. Having a phone to use to make calls and nothing else.

  • Nancy Johnsen

    I would like to join in this resolution, too! Thank you for a wonderful idea.

    • Nancy Fedell

      I, too, intend to join in this resolution! Thank you so much for the inspiration

  • Mary

    John, I applaud you, I have a strong sense that you will get more out of this than you expect. The first step into a journey you couldn’t imagine. May Our Lord Bless You and Guide You

  • Leo Kronberger

    That’s why in France every dependee is now allowed by 2017 to switch off every device after work.

  • Terrence tran

    Conversation, art, and silence are practical and doable things. One more thing is to relax the eyes from the screen light.

  • Mary Deal

    Love this idea! Thank you for the article. The reasons are very good ones.

  • Kate Mathai

    This is inspirational! I too have just decided to make this my resolution for 2017! Kate.

  • M. Xavier

    Well, if I cut myself out of the internet on Sundays, I may not read your mails. And more time will be spent on Mondays to catch up with the lot received on Sundays. What we should be doing is not cut ourselves off from emails, but from trawling the internet/googling/utubing/facebooking, etc. on Sundays.

  • Joe Right

    The challenge is accepted. Internet-free Sunday is a difficult but great idea.

  • Sean O’

    OK, I’m in….