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Breaking free from the net

A new trend known as "offlining" may provide a solution to web-overload. But will disconnecting from the internet even be an option in the future?

By Chris Baraniuk   April 2011

This map by Paul Butler, which illustrates Facebook connections across the globe, offers a visualisation of the future of the internet—global and unavoidable. Is the only answer a digital Sabbath?

Last year, American cartoonist James Sturm spent four months disconnected from the internet. He documented his experiences online for Slate (the irony was not lost on him). Sturm is not the only one seeking some time away from the online world. A month before Sturm began his journey of abstinence, marketing gurus Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo launched, a site that has so far encouraged over 11,000 visitors to…

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