We promised not to sneak a peek at any computers and arranged to meet at the end of the week. It was not without practical fears.
But Paul Miller, a year-old writer at The Vergea technology site, just did the seemingly impossible: He survived a year without the Internet. He never saw Obama tweet his reelection victorywatched a "Harlem Shake" video or had even seen a Vine.
He lived his entire year -- a full days -- offline in hopes of finding out more about himself and focusing on some other activities. But Wednesday, Miller rejoined the rest of us digital nomads and reconnected the WiFi on his laptop and iPad.
ABC News Surviving without internet to Paul when he was just starting his journey last year and decided to catch up with him again to find out what he learned, how it went, and what he is looking forward to the most on the Internet again.
Did you really do it? Did you really avoid all parts of the Internet for a year? Yes, with one exception. I was at the library trying to look for a book and I pulled up the card catalog and it turned out to be a website.
I did inadvertently click a link, but as soon as I realized my mistake, I fled. Even when people tried to show me Instagrams on their phones I always looked away. What was the hardest part about it?
It was really easy to not load a browser or use apps and keep WiFi off, but when people tried to show me things -- funny YouTube videos or Instagrams -- it just felt really selfish of me. They just wanted to share something with me, and I felt rude.
When we talked earlier, you were finding out about other ways to communicate: How did you get around not using the Internet? A lot of those practical things never really became an issue. I got a lot of letters but I never really got into the groove of sending letters.
And then I used a lot instead of the phonebook. I mostly just asked people questions. I really did learn you can get lots of great information from asking real people. No Internet For One Year: Did you feel like it was a success?
I wanted to read a lot and educate myself. But then it evolved into an experiment where I could learn something about the Internet. I got some reading done and some writing done, but I am not a transformed person.
What are you looking forward to seeing the most once you connect? I want to see the big things I missed this year, the Internet culture that I missed. I also missed the people and connecting with them online.
What did you learn? Do you come back to the Internet feeling more balanced? I thought leaving the Internet would fix some of my issues, but they are more innate.
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