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How to Live Without the Internet

Updated on April 30, 2013

Are you obsessed with technology?

Are you glued to your phone, tablet, or computer?
Are you glued to your phone, tablet, or computer? | Source

What did we do without internet?

When I was a kid, we didn't have the internet. It wasn't until I was in high school that the internet really started to find its way into people's homes. When we got it, I discovered chat rooms and would stay up late meeting people online. As I learned more and more about the internet, it took up more and more of my time.

Now, I am on it constantly. I know I am not alone in this.

So, what did we do without it? I had to stretch my mind a bit, but I thought I'd come up with a list of my favorite things to do before the internet existed. Though I was just a child back then, I bet I can still find a way to enjoy these activities and not be online.

I played outside all the time.

I am trying to imagine what it was like to be in the woods, go for a walk, play a game, or do anything outside without my phone or the internet close by. But, I managed. In fact, I would play outside all the time. Instead of calling my friends to see if they wanted to go outside, I walked over. More often than not, they were ready and willing to play.

I read books offline.

I have the Kindle app on my iPad and I do a lot of reading online. Sure, I still read the real thing but I tend to use the iPad out of convenience. But, it hurts my eyes a little bit and I much prefer reading the real thing.

I talked to my friends on the phone or in person.

Because of texting, Facebook, twitter, and email I can keep in touch with my friends without actually seeing them in person. But I wonder, how quality is my interaction if all we do is communicate electronically?

I know that the internet has enhanced our lives, but I wonder if we overdo it?

What to Do When You Turn off Your Technology

Take up a hobby.
Go for a walk.
Watch a movie.
Read a book.
Date night.
Spend time with your family.
Go for a bike ride.
Get a pedicure.
Call someone to catch up.

Get Offline and Take on a Hobby!


How to Get Off the Internet

I know that the internet can be a good thing. But, I think it's important to remember what it feels like to not be totally plugged in. So, my challenge is to spend at least an hour a day doing something other than being online.

But, how can I do that?

  • Schedule the time. The first thing I will do is schedule the time in my day and stick with it. If I don't block off the time, I won't stick with it.
  • Activities I enjoy. Instead of simply writing in the schedule "don't be online" I will choose an activity I enjoy and write that down. For example, I may choose to pencil in an hour to knit or read a novel.
  • Start small. If you find 60 minutes to be too long, why not schedule in small blocks of time, such as fifteen or twenty minutes, to start off with?
  • Take on a hobby. Do you have a hobby? Pursuing something you enjoy can be a great way to get offline.
  • Get social. Social networks don't count! Turn everything off, even your phone, and visit with a friend or family member you haven't spent a lot of time with. Give this person your undivided attention.

Not being online can be hard. But, it is possible to spend some quality time without the internet.

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    • kohuether profile image

      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kenneth,

      I followed you . :-) I look forward to reading your work!

      Thank you so much for the compliment! I am going to write more content in the future. I miss being part of the community here.

      I'm a professional writer! How about you?

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear kohuether,

      I did find value in this work. You are a terrific writer. Oh, well, I try to learn more on how to pick the guitar; watch truthful documentaries on the Learning Channel and such.

      I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy and cannot do much, but I love to write stories on HP, for I get to meet wonderful writers such as yourself and love having them follow me.

      If you do follow me, thank you so much. If not, I personally invite you to follow me.

      Now what do you do?

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      I am so happy you found value in this hub. I had A LOT of fun putting it together. I still try to stay offline for a time but this hub is a nice reminder to put my phone away when I decide to read or pursue an offline hobby.

      What do you do in the time when you aren't online?

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear kohuether.

      You nailed it good. This hub spoke right at me. But you will be proud of me for this: I only use the 'net for my publishing on HP and corresponding with two close friends on Facebook. That is it. I used to stay online as high as three to four hours in the morning and four at evening. Although I am disabled and cannot work, this might be excused, but as of a month ago, I have started my own self-discipline regiment of NOT logging on until 5 p.m. every evening and leaving my HP hubs be until that time. Same for Facebook.

      Okay. Enough about me.

      As per your hub, This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

      I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep writing no matter what.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama