One Week Without the Internet
Recently I decided that I would go without the Internet for one week. The detoxification had the intention of creating a period of rest and provide a means to measure my reliance on connectivity and degree of Internet usage. The exercise was personally enlightening and the process of personal analysis has identified numerous habits and contributed significantly to self appraisal and reordering priorities.
During most evenings I typically scroll through Twitter and browse the web to facilitate research and complete work related tasks. Without the convenience of connectivity and Social Networking my hands felt useless during my week of famine. I think I may have enjoyed an extra cup of coffee or two, simply because my hands needed to be doing something. I understand that smokers experience the need for behaviour modification when quitting and in like manner individuals that have developed frequent use of mobile technologies may discover they experience a sense of withdrawal.
During my time without Internet connection we had family visiting. I was able to enjoy interaction more without the distraction of web activity. I enjoyed numerous board-game challenges to stimulate the mind. Despite my withdrawal from using the web, occasionally family showed things on their electronic devices and I was unable to contribute effectively to the conversation. I enjoyed periods of rest and relaxation and was able to rediscover the importance of family and sharing experiences without distractions.
Throughout my week I was reminded constantly of how applications rely on Internet connectivity. Before family outings and adventures I often use weather applications and the use of this resource draws upon Yahoo data. In result I was unable to conduct weather forecasts and relied on information provided by alternative sources. Numerous times I attempted to use applications only to learn of their need for an Internet connection.
I received a phone call from a friend who required information regarding a local plant nursery. Unfortunately I was unable to obtain the information from the White Pages. In result I had little choice and needed to access Safari to gather necessary information sought by my friend. The event breached my personal commitment, however, it was to be the only occasion I accessed the Internet during my week of isolation.
One week without the Internet enabled increased family time and enriched moments of entertainment by withdrawing access to Social Networking and Safari. I did not experience any sense of loss or anxiety, however, did become aware of how regularly I use technology in moments of rest. I also was reintroduced to the dependence many if not all applications have on the Internet. Access to the Internet is woven throughout the tapestry of our lives with our use of Social Media and the array of applications that enrich life.
Water and air are commodities of life. It would appear that the Internet has become necessary for our every day lives to function. Our networks and connectivity provide us with purpose and enable productivity. The Internet has developed its own persona and become something we can rely on and improve our communication and interaction with family and friends. In conclusion I would state that families and those closest to us must be loved and shown love and the best way is to disconnect to connect. I would recommend for everyone to nominate a time to withdraw from using the Internet to realise the importance connectivity plays in our lives and to revisit priorities for personal empowerment.