It's No Fun Without The Internet

My History With the Internet

The first time I used internet service was when I was in college. As a part of one of our classes, we had to research teaching ideas online. At that time, it was pretty limited. The service was provided only to colleges and universities. It was all in text – there were no pictures or other media. There were a few sites to choose from and we had to try to find something original. As I began the research, I fell in love. It was exciting to find information through the computer. I was hooked.

I went home that day and looked through the phone book. I found an internet service and called them to have it set up at my house as soon as possible. I was told that it wasn’t available to the general public yet, and it might not ever be. That changed fairly quickly – by the early nineties internet was available to everyone. That was the beginning of my addiction to the internet.

The Excitement

I was enthralled with the idea of getting information from people all over the world. It was exciting to know that I could “talk” over the internet to people clear across the country – or the world. I know we had phones back then, and that I could call anyone from anywhere in the world – but this was different. I could get entire articles sent to me on my own computer at home. Up until this time, our computer was used only for games. No one at our house thought it would ever go beyond that. I never thought I would find the world at the end of my fingertips.

Over the years, the internet services improved. We were sending pictures, video, music and much more throughout the world. I found the internet intriguing. I loved researching lesson plans, classroom management styles, recipes, games, and anything else I wanted. I thought it was remarkable that someone else in the world had what I needed and I never had to leave my home to get it.

Doing Without

Up until about five months ago, I had not been without internet service for more than a day or so since that first time I had it hooked up. Five months ago, we decided to cut back on some of our expenses and cut out some of the extras. Internet service was an extra. It was one of the first things to go. I didn’t like the thought of living without internet, but at the time it was the right thing to do.

I still had access to the internet – at work. But at work, we were banned from Facebook and HubPages and other sites. I could still look up lesson plans, but couldn’t publish things on my social media or my HubPages. It felt as if someone had tied my hands and wouldn’t let me loose. I could have taken my computer to any of the hundreds of places that offered free wi-fi, but that meant I had to find the time to do it. And with the cost of gas prices, it was hard to justify the trip to the bookstore just to publish an article or check on my Facebook status.

Luckily I had my smartphone, so I wasn't completely denied access. But it was hard to use the tiny keyboard to do more than make comments on HubPages and the occasional update on Facebook – but it just wasn’t the same. I needed my internet!

How Hard Would it Be

How Hard Would It Be For You To Live Without Internet Service?

  • I Could Do It...No Problem!
  • I Could Do It...But I Would Have Withdrawal Symptoms.
  • I Could It...But It Would Be VERY Difficult!
  • No Way! Don't Even Wanna Think About It!!
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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We had a power outage for seven days last winter....that's the longest I have had to go without internet and that was a killer. LOL I had just published my first few hubs and it was tough not knowing what was going on with HubPages. Five months? We do what we have to do, don't we?

Glad you are back!


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

Sounds like you were a true pioneer as far as internet goes. I, myself, had a computer several years before internet service. My sons taught me how to use it, and I was glad to have it to track my expenses, do some writing, and save information.

When I first found the net-- I couldn't believe how easy it was to find info without going to the library.

I had always enjoyed doing research even when we had to go to the library, use cardfiles, periodical guides to literature, and hand copy info. We didn't have to use stone tablets to record our references-- but compared to now, it seems like it.

Internet service isn't cheap... but it is priceless. I enjoyed your recollections.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you Rochelle...It did seem like I was living in pioneer days again! I can't believe we were ever without internet service!


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tinamariemiller 4 years ago from Peoria, AZ

I have been threatened with intervention by my family when I freak out during Internet downtown...not a pleasant thought either way!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

tina - I was forced to live through the intervention! It was not pretty sight! Maybe we need a support group!


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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

My entire career requires internet usage. No internet = no job for me! Great hub. Voted and shared.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

jesse - thank you for reading and sharing! Although my job doesn't require me to use the internet, my sanity does!


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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

Amen


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks for reading Bill! I am so glad to be back! I think HubPages is what I missed the most!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

you know justateacher nowadays it's part of life.... I'll have withdrawals LOL if my system went down.. reading the news.. following sports.. on-line gambling.. French porn.. did I just say porn? I meant French horn.. yeah that's it.. French horn.... phew voted awesome


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Yeah Frank...can't do without the French horn!! Thanks for reading!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Good to see you again, Justateacher. Wow, I don't know if I could do without internet, but if I had to I would adjust (voted this way too). Looking forward to hearing more from you soon.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Since information is power and that is what the internet is all about I don't see it as a luxury anymore. But then again I pay for my service and don't expect it to be free. That mentality is going around and it amazes me.

Great Hub teacher and good to see you again.

The Frog


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Frog and teaches - it sure is great to be back!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Great thoughts. I was hooked up from the time the microcomputers came along in 1980 or even before that. Atari and Commodore 64's enriched our days with challenging games, away from the arcade. You said is so right justateacher! Same as you at work though, Social media is restricted, and HP is not supported by our filters at all. Thanks for sharing this article! Brought back so many memories!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks for stopping by Lord!

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