In my wild fantasies, leaving the internet will make me better with my time, vastly more creative, a better friend, a better son and brother… a better Paul. In reality, I’ll still be the same person, just with a huge professional and personal handicap. The things I’ll miss most, like playing StarCraft with my friend from high school who lives in another state, or sharing Rdio and long read links with a co-worker at the next desk over, I hope to replace with more direct interactions, and more “meaningful” activities - whatever that means. The worst case scenario is that a year from now I’ll be found wandering in the woods somewhere, muttering URLs to myself.
It has a bit of a ‘bazooka to kill a bee’ feel to it. It seems that much of what he claims to be trying to achieve could be done with a bit of focus and self-control, but I suspect he is doing it as an interesting conversation point as much as anything. It’ll be an interesting experiment, at the very least.