A Metaphor for Internet Fasting

If you have listened to my podcasts or read my articles before, you know that I am a big fan of Internet fasting. I want to share with you a comparison of the effects of limiting your time on the Internet.

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Internet fasting basically means allowing yourself a small, set amount of time to be online for a day and not exceeding that amount. When I am Internet fasting, I try to limit my amount of time spent online to one hour.

Last week, during an Internet fasting day, I noticed an great analogy between my phone’s battery and my own internal battery.

My phone is an iPhone 6 with a normal battery life; it is okay, but not great. If I am watching YouTube videos or on my phone all day, the battery will drain from it pretty quickly.

Anyway, at 8:00 in the evening during my fasting day, I went to check my phone’s battery and found it was still 86% charged. I had fully charged my phone the previous night, so over 13 hours on my Internet fasting day and the battery only drained by 14%.

During a normal day, my phone would be down to around 10-15% remaining after a full charge.

What a great metaphor for the effect the Internet also has on our life!

When you practice Internet fasting, not only does your phone retain its charge longer, but also you yourself retain your internal battery’s charge.

When you are on the Internet and connected all day, it is draining on your body and mind. But when you are disconnected, it is rejuvenating, relaxing, and you feel better at the end of the afternoon. You do not need to meditate or try something else to relax yourself; you are already relaxed because nothing is draining your energy.

If you keep pounding your internal battery like most of us do, you are going to burn yourself out. Similarly, when you use your phone too much over a long period of time, it takes longer to charge and does not hold its charge as well.

If you are interested in learning more about Internet fasting, check out some of my other content where it is discussed in greater detail.

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  • 27 April 2015
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