48 hours offline — Could you manage?
Do you remember a time when we didn’t have the internet? Days where we used to have to phone our friends to arrange to go up the park for a kick about, or actually communicate with each other verbally when standing in the pub pondering the days events — most of which were offline.
Probably not, to be fair, as I imagine the majority of people likely read this are under the age of (it pains me to say this) 25, and have probably spent the majority of their lives attached to some form of device.
Well, thankfully (I think), I do remember those days. Only in my final year of school did the Internet really become something that you had at home — and even then it was the dulcet tones of dial-up for a 30 seconds before you could even begin to think about logging in to Geocities or MSN Messenger. Waiting over night for that MP3 to download. Sending an email, then picking up the phone (thus cutting off your internet) to tell your friend to check their emails as soon as you’ve finished on the phone, hanging up, forgetting to ask them something important, phoning back just to find the line engaged.
Of course, this is an alien concept in this day and age. We’ve all got a smart phone of some description, always online. We have Spotify for our music needs, millions of songs in our pocket. We’ve emails being pushed to us as soon as they are sent, and notifications of people liking that cat picture you just posted (guilty).
Have you ever wondered what a weekend without the internet would be like? I don’t mean a weekend away where there’s no 3g signal. I mean 48 hours in your normal surroundings, without a connection.
No Smartphone, no Laptop, no Tablet, no Interactive Television. Just 48 hours of doing things the old way. And actually talking to people. Imagine a discussion in the pub and not being able to Google that “thing” that you’re certain about but no one believes you? Or having to find another way of finding out what else that Actor was in, no IMDB in the palm of your hands.
No snapping a drunken fall and posting it on Instagram. No checking your phone whilst you wait for the person at the bar……No quickly checking that game you’ve been playing for weeks. No Shazam to add that song playing in the background to your playlist.
Quite simply, having to watch the world go by, and to talk to people. Having to ask questions.
I’m sure it’d be quite an eye opener.
I’m also sure it would raise your awareness as to how anti-social the most social devices make you.