I’ve been without the internet at home for over six months. This began when I moved out from home and started living with three other people. Many of my friends have asked me, “how do you do it?” Or “how do you survive?” But I just have and still am.
I understand how important it is to have the internet in this day and age, what with all the social media platforms and everything accessible on your mobile phone. However, I found that without unlimited internet, I have more free time to do things which I’ve never done before, completed unfinished projects and gone out to explore more! In these 7 months I’ve managed to pick up a little Spanish in some evening classes, started learning Tae Kwon Do to work some exercise into my life, baked a lot more, increased my catalogue of films with a Cineworld card, plus made a lot more little crafts in my spare time.
Although I say I live without internet, this is only specifically at home, I do have access to it on my phone bundle and also at work; so I’m not entirely without the intermanets :) (How else did you expect me to blog this?) So I wouldn’t know what it would be like to have no internet at all!
I do crave it now and then. Sometimes to search for something on Google, watch a video on YouTube when I’m bored, look up the answer to an argument, research facts/people/celebrities, download songs or even recipes. When I have mobile data it’s easy for me to do these things, but I’ve managed to use up all my data streaming episodes of ‘The New Normal’. I’ve been using the internet at work ever since, but the long Easter weekend just went by so I technically was internet-free for 4 whole days! I just had lazy days watching DVDs indoors; managed to finish Season One of New Girl and Arrested Development!
My instagram suffered – my daily photos now has a massive gap in it, so I’ve failed my new years start to a personal 365 day instagram project :( Some other inconveniences and cons for having no internet include, my friends having a big conversation on whatsapp without me (imagine walking into a conversation late and missing all the action), getting invited to go to an event via whatsapp which I never received (although it was cancelled shortly after), not keeping up to date with the world via twitter and Facebook (found out people gave birth and I had no clue, plus friends have gone on holiday to Japan! Jealous!) I also rely a lot on Facebook notifying me of friend’s birthdays… I know, I’m terrible. Anyway, we rely on the internet a lot, I believe I still do but I’ve learnt to use it wisely, efficiently and adapt to a life without it. I’ve also managed to find ways to get free internet to use which is helpful!
Would you be able to stop using the internet or handle a limited usage?