Life without the internet

Life without an internet connection is the pits. The internet provides me with so much daily inflow and outflow that it is a major part of my social communication activity. When access is interrupted for any length of time, it significantly affects my quality of life.
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We have been without telephone or DSL service for two days. We first noticed it after some grading was done in the back yard.

I don’t mind the phone being out because we have cell phones, but I began to feel email and blogging withdrawal symptoms after the first eight hours. After two days without an internet connection, I feel numb and slightly retarded.

The worst feeling came when I realized that my only source of news was TV and newspapers. After months of daily news filtered through bloggers, I have been spoiled completely.

It was so bad that I went without watching TV news rather than subject myself to the covertly hostile gossip that passes for news on mass media. After a short while, I lost interest in TV entirely.

Fortunately for our sanity, Sprint came through in first class style. They sent out a technician this morning and he discovered that our phone service takes a detour through the back yard and the cable was buried only a few inches below the surface.

I don’t know how I missed taking us off line long before this, as we have been planting bushes all along the route where the cable is buried.

I am very glad to be back on line. Regular blogging will resume shortly.

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0 Responses to Life without the internet

  1. Tammi says:

    It’s funny you should write about this today. I was just having a similar conversation ealier. Hmmm – if I had to choose between cell phone and internet which would I keep. That was pretty tough for me. I chose the cell phone but I can not imagine being without my internet.

    You get big kudos for keeping your sanity! 🙂

  2. I threw myself into the design of a new product and that helped for a while.

    I almost got so desperate that I started cleaning up my office.

    I thought of several blog topics as my sanity dwindled, one was almost too horrible to mention. Imagine a future world with non-stop 24/7 TV News running in all public places and no internet. It would be a world of enforced inflow and no outflow. Suicide rates would skyrocket…

  3. fletch says:

    Welcome back to the “unreal” world. I often wonder, at least for myself, if I do spend too much time on the net though. I keep intending to read some of the classics, and Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, but by the time I’ve read all the new stuff online every day, I don’t seem to have the energy to read and really digest the really old, old media…a good book with a hardcover.

  4. phil says:

    For our annual leave Dan and I deliberately go without the net at the beach house we go to. It is kinda good, as I can really relate to your withdrawal feelings. We can’t resist poping in to a net cafe every now and then to collect email and blog etc.

  5. Da Goddess says:

    Glad you’re back to blogging. Just remember that not everything you read on blogs is true and that any news filtered through a blog is just that – filtered news.

    Anyhow, glad you’re back!

  6. susan says:

    The internet, and the weblogging system does indeed give a more accurate and well-rounded picture of what’s happening–but only if sources are made available, and the sites you visit present both sides/all sides of opinion on the facts.

    We missed you. Missed YOUR opinion.

  7. oldcatman says:

    a scary thought…no internet……TV is not a sub nor is the phone…….cell phone? Don’t growths
    hanging on my ear…………….Maybe playing
    DVD movies on your computer would be a
    suicide prevention tool if the net went away!

  8. Avi Solomon says:

    Bill Gates, of all people, takes what he calls ‘Think Weeks’:
    “I go off for a week with no interruptions. In fact, this one I was pretty religious about not doing e-mail, no phone calls and just day and night, other than sleeping, I’m reading.”
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1556075,00.asp

  9. Denny says:

    I hate to misplace stuff or have my routines disrupted! Isn’t it silly? Glad to have your intelligent mind back in the mix!

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