Mitali Perkins had a discussion going at her place on the impact of loving the Internet on individuals. In my case, a major part of the impact is distraction from work I'd really like to do.
Fortunately, I love self-help, whether it works for me or not. My next attempt at helping my self with my Internet love is going to involve trying Mitali's plan regarding observing the Sabbath by disconnecting that day. One day a week. I don't expect that I'll accomplish anything major that one day. However, I went without the Internet for a week this past month while doing the retreat thing and not only was it not at all difficult, during my first day or two back at home my feelings about the Internet were similar to my feelings about food when I'm not hungry--gee, I don't really need this, but it's here so I might as well eat it. The pull wasn't all that great. I wasn't starving for the Internet.
So my hope is that the Internet will be less of a distraction for me on Mondays, if I'm not gorging on it all weekend long.
We shall see what we shall see. Though you shouldn't expect to see me this Sunday.