One Month without Internet (at home)

It's so easy to have internet but as I've learnt over the past month sometimes the easiest path isn't the best one. Having just moved into a new house I have a great oppurtunity to try living without internet... Or a great excuse to be lazy and not set up broadband. Take your pick.

It's not as bad as it sounds not having the world at your finger tips can actually be relaxing.

The Good

In an odd time coming back from studying abroad with no summer job it could have been simple to fall into bad habits - laying in bed on the internet all day (who has tv these days anyway?) but with nothing to fall back on I was forced into the ancient custom of... getting out of the house and doing something.

The way I spend my time at home hasn't changed much - I'm just not there as often. I now know that whith a little foresight I don't actually need to pay for wi-fi. A little data on my phone for emergencies and effective use of public hotspots could do me fine.

Eventually though the boredom sets in and if you've ever been a child you'll know that boredom, naturally, begets creativity...

Creativity

My style of writing/research tends to be spontaneous so being offline and having the time to consider and develop ideas has been useful. I found I slowly got a list of things I wanted to look up making my research much more efficient.

Journaling is an important habit so when left with only your thoughts it's easier to get into a meditative/reflective state without any distractions.

Downloading some music sheets/tabs provided hours of fun (or frustration). I picked up my bass a lot more times this month than I usually would.

Habits

Being alone with ones thoughts can sometimes be our own worst enemy, occasionally, you need to put some loud music on and crack on with things. I've grown up around the internet so it's only natural I found a way to bring some home with me... the thing about downloading all your media is that at some point you run out. That's when I found out just how enjoyable rewatching/listening to things is. Noticing artistic details that would otherwise be lost. I also became very aware of how much media I was consuming. It's one thing to zone out and keep clicking "next episode" and another thing to actually plan binge watching a season.

One of the best changes I've noticed is that I'm no longer scrolling through Facebook for 20 minutes when I wake up. No emails to check, no messages. There's nothing to do so I may aswell get up and start the day.

And what of the end of the day? Gone are the days of watching TV till I pass out in bed. I have to ration! So out of the woodworks came various pdfs and e-books that I promised myself I'd read. This month made a serious dent in that previosuly theoretical "should read" list.

The Bad

It's not all sunshine and roses though there's some things that are just better to do with the "privacy" of a home line. I found myself questioning if it was a good idea whether it was secure to login to various accounts while at the campus library. But in doing so I learnt a lot about internet security (SSH, FTP connections etc.) and uncovered a potentially disastrous issue with my previous web-host.

There's also the case of time-sensitive information. For me that was bidding on online auctions. Either you're in the dark figuratively on literally if you're desperate to know.


How would you get on unplugging at home for a month? Tell me in the comments!

Graeme Russell

I created this blog as a way to reach people about topics I care about; ethics, self-improvement and lifestyle. I hope you can find something of value here.

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