Summary of “Aziz Ansari Quit the Internet”

Aziz Ansari recently deleted the web browser from his phone and laptop.
As he explained in an interview with GQ, when he gets into a cab, he now leaves his phone in his pocket and simply sits there and thinks; when he gets home, instead of “Looking at websites for an hour and half, checking to see if there’s a new thing,” he reads a book.
“Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things.”
“What about important news and politics?”, he asks.
“I got the world by the balls professionally. Personally, I’m alone right nowSo right now, I have it by the balls, but I’m feeling it slowly going away and I’m worried about finding new balls.”
Escaping the fizzy chatter of the online world can support deep insight and creative achievement.
Ansari, in other words, perhaps encapsulates both the highs and lows of a committing to a deep life in a distracted world.
On a related note, I just finished reading Michael Harris’s new book, Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World.

The orginal article.