How I lived without internet for two weeks

Remember cassette tapes? Via Flickr user Scott Valentine Presents.

Remember cassette tapes? Via Flickr user Scott Valentine Presents.

I went for almost two weeks without internet in my home.

I’ve already detailed why this was the case. Now I want to report on what it was like without that safety net of movies, games, and Buzzfeed.

It wasn’t that bad.

It felt annoying to not have email or Facebook at home, but instead of watching TV shows at night like I often do, I read. I cleaned my apartment. I ran errands. I just went on living without YouTube or Twitter.

I noticed that without internet, I barely used my laptop. I mean, what’s the point when I can’t read news online or watch shows?

My lack of internet sometimes created problems bigger than not being able to see reruns of The Office. I was supposed to have a webcam chat with a meetup group, which I had to skip. I had scheduled a webcam chat with a faraway friend, and we were forced to talk on the phone instead. I wanted to plan out my grocery shopping list as I always do, but I couldn’t look at the sales flyer online.

I’m part of the last generation that remembers Blockbuster and cassette tapes and when words such as “wifi” didn’t exist. I’ve spent most of my life online. Thanks to sites such as Facebook, my generation won’t be able to hide their high school photos from their children.

It’s good to know that even though I’m so connected, I don’t crash and burn without wifi. I still had internet at work, but I’ve shown that I can subsist without it after 5 p.m. I can still function.

But it’s a welcome relief to have my home wifi back.

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