I know I can't be the only one.
Signs of Internet Paranoia
- You never post photographs of yourself, opting instead for cartoon characters and movie star photos you found via Google Images. And if you used to post photos of yourself, you've taken them down when you became aware of the dark elements of the internet tool.
- You do not post any personal information that will allow people to locate you (phone number, address, location...no matter how vague.)
- You only add people you have actually met face-to-face to your friends list, because unlike most people, you realize that no one is who they claim to be on the internet!
- You know what the index.dat file is, and you don't like it. You don't like it at all. Perhaps you even know how to clean it out. (CCleaner)
- In the grips of paranoia, you create multiple e-mail addresses hoping to throw them off, only to come to the realization that your IP address will give you away.
A Cure For the Disease?I propose a techno detox! What do I mean by techno detox?
It's very similar to a body detox or a colon cleanse except far less messy and painful.
It involves abstaining from computer use for a set amount of time. I suggest beginners start with one or two days (perhaps the weekend.) Then work up to weeks and then take the big leap and go for months. I have cleansed myself of Facebook for about 5 months a year ago and it was so liberating. I actually deleted my account* and went cold turkey. Isn't is odd (suspicious) that I speak of it like it was some sort of drug. I'm sure it's a mind control tool.
And if you work with computers, then well, I'm sorry for you. Your techno-colon may be clogged beyond repair.
*I deleted everything from my Facebook account one-by-one, even my friends, never intending to return. But when half a year later I did return, a lot of what I deleted was still there! So even after all that time, they kept it all cached. It was a chilling experience.