Note: I’m still pretty jetlagged — I tried to open my office door (which uses a key card) with my car keys this morning — so apologies if this entry doesn’t make a ton of sense.
I just got back from Europe last night, and while the trip was fun, Internet connectivity was spotty at best while I was abroad. I’d get access for three hours, then be unable to connect for three days. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you can probably easily put together a plot of my Internet windows.
Not having a reliable line to the web taught me a few things. One: I’m extremely addicted to my iPhone. As Europe doesn’t have CDMA, either, the thing functioned mostly as a camera, but otherwise, it was a semi-expensive brick. Still, I had it with me 24/7.
Two: at least in the short term, not having access to the Internet really doesn’t affect my quality of life. I started to see my five minutes of Internet connectivity as kind of a treat, rather than the obsessive-compulsive obligation I realize it’s become when I have always-on access. When I’m connected, I feel the need to check Facebook several times a day… but when I’m in Internet Starvation mode, I actually kind of enjoy checking in every so often to see what my pals are up to.
Sure, there were a few places where I felt like I needed a connection — paying a few bills, checking in on my dogs. Apart from that, though, my life was fine with about six hours of connectivity a week.
It also helped that the scenery was pretty great:
What about you? Is there something you were sure you couldn’t live without until you didn’t have it?