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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.

How to Find a Hobby


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