Recently I had a very strong thought about preventing myself from using the Internet. I found that I knew too many things - from daily news to facebook, twitter, and all kinds of garbage information that made my emotions unstable and made me unable to focus my attention. I like to read them, but they are too much and I don't think they are really useful.
Here are some examples of other individuals who don't use the Internet (or are even anti-social in the real world):
Donald Knuth, a computer scientist and winner of the Turing Award. He was one of the first people who used the Email system in 1980s. But he announced to disable his email address in 1990s. He is one of the most successful computer scientist in this world.
Shu Wang, a Chinese architecture, the winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. He never used the Internet - or a computer. He simply designed blueprints in pencil and paid his students to digitize them.
I am a very young computer & robotics scientist. My job is to read papers, to think, to test, and to write papers. I love my job and I want to focus on it. More and more I realize that I don't need as much information as the Internet supplies me with each day. But my friends told me that if I don't use the Internet, I will fall behind the age and the world.
What's your opinion? Do you think it's useful to get that much information? Thank you in advance.