My internet died on Monday*.
(Du duh DUH!)
It sounds like the first line to a horror novel. Unfortunately, it’s a true story. The internet went down on Monday, leaving me pretty stranded. I tried trouble-shooting, but no luck. Eventually, I foolishly decided “hey, I’m not addicted to the internet. I can survive for one day.” I also foolishly figured my dad would come home, snap his fingers, and have the internet running again.
So, I tried to last without the internet. Can I point out I wouldn’t have just been sitting on Facebook, Twitter, or blogs. I actually had assignments to do. Assignments that needed research. Journal articles. ONLINE journal articles.
Lesson of the day: we rely on the internet way too much.
I couldn’t do it. It was simply impossible for me to work on assignments without internet access. Textbooks only get you so far. But I’m proud to report that I struggled on anyway. I mainly focussed on creating outlines for my multiple assignments, but even that was a struggle with all the information on the university’s website. In the end, I had to hurry to the library to use their Wi-Fi and submit an assignment.
So, because this is a writing blog and all, it’d be really cool to somehow link this back to writing. Maybe “buy hardcopy books so you can keep researching for your writing when the internet’s down” or “download everything you need so if the internet goes down you can keep going”. I can’t really expand on those ideas though, so I guess this post will just have to be filed under “life”.
For the comments, have you ever been without the internet for extended periods of time? Why did it die? How long did you survive without it? And if you can somehow link no internet with writing, let me know! I’d love to hear it!
* Okay, so actually it was last Monday, but I’ve been really busy and haven’t posted this until now.