What Would You Do Without the Internet?
I'm spoiled with a fast internet connection. I pay dearly for it, but it saves me having to pay for cable, since I watch t.v. and movies online for entertainment. Still, I wonder if I could live without such a fast connection, or maybe live without internet at all. Since I work online, it would be difficult, but let's look at what I could do if I didn't have the internet.
Working Without an Internet Connection
If I did not have home internet, I would have to find another place to work. The library has free WIFI, and I've had to use that option before when my internet went out for a week. I actually got a lot more done except on the days that I didn't go. Not having internet would be like having a "real" job. I'd have to get up early, get bathed and dressed and go to the library at least 5 days a week. I've often thought of trying this out, just to see if I could do it. I live walking distance from the library, but when it's really cold, really hot or raining, I don't want to have to out and walk or catch a bus to get there. Subsequently, I'd probably not go every day and end up making far less money. For someone more disciplined, this might be a viable option, though.
Rediscover the Lost Art of Reading
I do read, but I don't read many books anymore. I read all sorts of things online and learn quite a bit about things I never thought I could be interested in. Without the internet, I would have to go back to weekly visits to the library for books. I sort of like real books, and I used to love checking out reference type books and taking notes on what interested me the most. This type of reading uses an entirely different part of your brain then scanning text online.
Leisure Time Activities I Never Do Anymore
I used to do things that I hardly do anymore because I'm too strung out on my internet activities. I don't garden or do my crafts like I should. It's easier to spend the time on social media or just sit reading Wikipedia and celebrity gossip. Without the internet, I would have no excuse for not getting back into my extracurricular activities.
There was a time I thought I could make some money by growing and sellling plants or making jewelry to sell online. I've even considered buying thrift store items and reselling them online. Of course, I've never done any of this stuff because I'm always playing on the computer instead of working. Hey! I could actually use the money I save on internet service to buy some supplies.
Being Social in Real Life
Social media is a great place to hide out and not really have to deal with people. If you don't like someone online, you can just "unfriend" or "unfollow" them. Without the internet, I would have to actually accept some of those invitations I get from my friends. It might be nice to actually have face-to-face conversations over real cups of coffee out in the real world.
Don't We All Wish Johnny Depp Still Looked Like This?
Stop Caring What Johnny Depp is Doing With His Life
I spend way too much time worrying about or thinking about what celebrities are doing with their lives. It's a way to spend mindless hours when I don't feel like working or there is nothing good to watch. Honestly, who cares if Johnny Depp marries Amber whats-her-name or if Lindsey Lohan goes to jail yet again? Do these things affect my life? Not at all. Without the internet, I wouldn't even care about this stuff, but seeing it every day on social media and in the ads on the sides of web pages draws me like a moth to a flame. Not being online would get me away from the frivolity and back into reality.
In short, because I work online and use the internet for all of my entertainment, not having an internet connection would be very bothersome in some ways. Still, in many others, it would make my life much richer. I think I'm going to do that one-week experiment to see what it would be like without the internet for a week. I won't actually turn off the service, but I'll get a friend to keep my modem and see what happens. If you are brave enough, join me and let me know in the comments how it went.