The crash may last between nine hours and four days, the symptoms are generally the opposite of the stimulant effects. A person in the crash phase of withdrawal may sleep for days, notice changes in appetite, and feel depressed and agitated. During acute withdrawal — which may continue for 1-3 weeks — irritability, fatigue, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and cravings are common.
Imposed by deliberate decision or due to the unwanted technological obstacles I’ve experienced quite a bit of internet free days since the beginning of this month. A week ago I was forced to stay in this new state of ‘freedom’ for the whole weekend (tragic, I know, I’m fine now).
Long story short: after some signs of anxiety started to kick in, it was time to start making phone calls. What does an internet provider have to possess in order to be an internet provider in the first place? That’s easy – a shitty costumer service. After a couple of warm exchange of words, we had to agree to disagree in where the problem seems to be coming from. Conversation ended with their promise that Someone will call me and come over to check the router. Naturally, mister Someone never arrived, or did anyone call me, but luckily on Sunday evening my brother managed to fix the cable problem or whatever and bring me back to life, make me feel like a member of something greater than myself.*
* this may or may not be a complete irony, just like everything else I ever wrote
Phase 1: Hysteria
During those two and a half days, I was freaking out because:
a) I didn’t collect all the necessary exam materials
b) The new Jim Jarmusch film I thought I had on my laptop wasn’t really there (it was paused after 12% of the movie was downloaded)
c) I couldn’t send pictures of our dog to my sister 😦
d) How am I supposed to know what’s going on in the world?! Don’t tell me to turn up the TV to watch the news, never!
e) How am I supposed to keep up with the mostly unknown people’s lives on Instagram?
f) I didn’t know what to do when I get that sudden, insatiable desire to stream an episode of Seinfeld or It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
g) How do I make plans for going out with friends? Do I still have friends?
After finally reconnecting I downloaded the movie, but realized I don’t feel like watching it, answered a couple of ‘ARE YOU ALIVE??’ messages (ignored some of them, let them wonder you know, that’s sexy, mysterious and shit), turned the laptop off and continued reading the book I started that afternoon.
Same thing, different day
Sally Nixon: What Women Do When No One’s Watching
I would be chopping that book into little bits and pieces and dragging it around with me for the next two or three weeks until finally finishing it if I didn’t take another day off yesterday.
The thing is, I wasn’t feeling so well, I had a fever, headache, dizziness, cough – the whole disgusting package and even my poorly functioning brain realized staring into a screen trying to keep up with the
Kardashians complicated relationships in a certain David Cronenberg’s historic drama doesn’t work. I fell asleep, woke up, started thinking about stuff, got depressed a bit, stopped thinking about stuff, got up and grabbed that wonderful novel ( Life Is Elsewhere by Czech author Milan Kundera), started thinking about important, good stuff and finished the book. Even though I felt so beaten up, I could sense that my focus is back, alive and well, almost like it was when I was a kid that could easily devour a 400 page book in less than two days. I know those days are now far behind due to my Internet brain and some other reasons, but I also know there is a way of escaping the modern life shackles for a while.
In order to have an illusion of control, I made a list of what I need to start and or finish in the next week or so:
- one horror movie review
- watch two French New Wave films
- watch David Lynch documentary
- finish the essay on how Third-wave feminism lost its sense a while ago and is actually being contraproductive
- start paying attention in my online literature class
- Dedicate at least 10 minutes of the day to learning some Spanish (DuoLingo)
- Finally start that small Tristan Tzara/Dadaism inspired post
Tell everyone how Kundera is the GOAT ✓
Today, I am back online and while writing this I’m also watching three hot dog memes slowly dancing to Rihanna’s Wild Thoughts. Loving it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, educate yourself. Also, do yourself a favour and shut.it.all.out. from time to time.
Btw, that introduction quote is taken from a ‘recognize a drug addict’ website and is all about the cocaine withdrawal symptoms. Cheers!