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I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone told me that I had spent 1000 hours on the internet in 2011. In reality, I have no idea of the exact amount, though I would not put it past myself to have spent an average of 2.7 hours a day browsing the web.

That’s a lot of hours.

So, even though I normally don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, this year I’m making an exception.

I’m giving myself a 90% discount. A gift, this year, of 900 hours of extra free time spent away from computers. I am resolving to spend no more than 100 hours online in all of 2012. Total.

No, this doesn’t mean that I won’t be reachable by email, or that I will be boring on Facebook, or that I will save up all my week’s worth of internet time to spend watching one movie on Netflix… I will check my email nearly every day, and I will be as brilliant as ever with my social networking. And Netflix doesn’t count. 😛

I’m not doing this out of some fear that technology is evil, or that social networking is deplorable, or even that web browsing is addictive and tears apart families, or anything crazy like that. I’m simply curious to know what I will do with my extra 900 hours. I want to remember a bit of what life was like before the internet. I want to get a taste of that restless boredom that motivates people to find ways to fill their time. I simply want to know what will happen.

I enjoy thinking about the possibilities. 900 hours is a lot of time, and I can’t decide what to do with it. I could take a lot of naps.

Or I could get another part-time job and have several thousand dollars of spending money.

I could read the entire work of Charles Dickens.

I could watch every single episode of Lost—ten times.

I could walk 3000 miles at a brisk pace.

I could learn a new recipe every day.

I could even go crazy and master the art of origami…

Any suggestions?

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