I know, the title of this blog is terrifying, isn’t it? But it’s the kind of world I’ve been living in for almost a week. Well, 3 days to be exact, but it felt like an eternity.
Long story short, Telstra screwed up (I know, shocking right?) our move date for our home internet, and my 5 year old tethered to my phone out of desperation and used all my mobile data.
I noticed a few things while I was internet-less. One, I didn’t miss Facebook at all. I know I was already starting to have untoward feelings about the social media site, but this break from the internet kind of solidified those feelings. When I did get a chance to have a very quick read, I found myself disinterested. Not only that, but I’ve become really sick of Facebook making me feel bad about my life because I see how “great” everyone else’s is. I know, I know, “Don’t compare your worst day to someone else’s best day” and all that crap, but it is hard not to when it’s glaring you in the face. Facebook is the only place – ok maybe also Twitter – where you can read someone’s first world problem, followed by someone losing a child.
I did miss my Instagram, but that was about it.
I also noticed that, suffering more than me, was our 5 year old. He didn’t seem to understand the phrase “no internet.” “What does internet mean?” He asked. “The internet is what lets you play all those games and watch all those YouTube videos*.” “Ohhhh” he said. “So can I have the iPad?” “No, the internet isn’t working on that, either.” He was confused again. “Your phone?” “Nope! Not working either!”
Then finally the husband hooked up the modem we receieved via courier yesterday and ta-da! The internet worked! I didn’t know what to look at first! When Mr 5 woke up this morning and saw me on the computer he said, “What’s that? Is the internet working again?” “YEP!” I exclaimed. He actually cheered “WOOHOO!” then asked if he could play on the computer. Who was I to deny him the hit?
So now we have internet again. Not just any internet – cable internet! So we get our hit even faster. And already I am wishing I could go back to an internet-less world. For all it’s benefits, it sure has a lot of drawbacks.
How do you feel about the internet? What’s the longest you’ve had to go without?
Do your kids know what “no internet” means?
* he is obsessed with watching people playing video games on YouTube. Please tell me he’s not the only kid?
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