The Deities of Technology are Punishing Me
It started out with some glitches in the internet connection, and then it escalated into a full blown internet disaster. To make matters worse, my mobile phone connection was having problems. Calls were being dropped right in the middle of the conversation. Although, weekends are reserved for my family and I often live an internet less life during these times, it’s quite different on weekdays. My life thrives on the fact that I can reach people easily. Before we move any further, I have to answer your questions…yes, I pay my bills on time.
In today’s lifestyle, getting connected is pretty much a necessity. I use it for work, for family and of course for hobbies like writing. We’ve become too dependent on the internet and telecommunication that we find it crippling when we find ourselves without a connection. When you find yourself without the rush of high speed internet and the comfort of mobile communication, what do you do?
Before Instant Messaging, Post It Ruled
1. Go old school
Yes my friends, you have to go old school. I’m fortunate enough to have grown up at a time when internet and mobile phones were considered sci-fi. We actually used landlines as some still do. There was a time when phones were hooked on to the wall and the farthest yo can go is only limited by the amount of cable your phone has. Moreover, instant messaging means writing a note on post it and leaving them on the desk of your office mates. It was a a hit at that time. If needed, we walked to the other departments and actually conversed with the person face to face. Can you believe that? actually meeting the person in the flesh.
Old school brings back time when you actually interact in the flesh. I miss that.
How long can yo go without the internet?
2. Suck it up and work with the situation
No matter how much you sulk, you can’t do anything about the situation. You’d better make the most of what you have and remain productive even if it means doing manual labor. Having no internet or mobile phone connection are no reasons to stop being productive. These are just technology that aids us in doing our jobs. We are the ones responsible for making things happen. Although it’s easier with the aid of technology, we can still find a way around the predicaments.
3. Enjoy being unplugged
I often put my YM status on invisible when I’m pretty much swamped with work. But still, people get to find me and bug me even for the little stuff. When the internet is out and the mobile phone is conking out, I’m pretty much invisible. I enjoy the peace and quiet.
There are benefits to living without the internet or the cell phone. It can be a simple break from the fast-paced lifestyle that has stressed you out. Or it can be time to catch up on your laundry duties and other household chores. Some take the time to contemplate on life and steer one's life into the right direction. You can enjoy life without the internet or cell phone.
Everyday there is something new to look forward to when it comes to internet and communication. Before, we are enslaved by the cables that connect us to the internet. Then we were given WiFi and we break free from the bonds of cables. Now, we can even take it with us using pocket WiFi. Without a doubt, advances in technology has given us the power to communicate like nothing we have seen before. And we enjoy it.
Although a life without technology can be quite unnerving if you've become dependent on them, unplugging every now and then is amazing. Sure, there may be withdrawal symptoms but eventually we realize that life is not what technology makes of us. It’s what we can do in spite not having technology. And you know, we can still do a lot.
Although the deities of technology removed my privilege a while back. It was an enlightening experience.