Could you handle two months without internet?
Long ago (or so it seems) in pre-Covid days, we would spend most of the summer visiting friends and churches or down in our summer home. And most of the time without internet, going without for even two months!
Many people these days would ask, “Is it even possible to live without internet?” How about you? Would you survive 2 months without it? What would you do?
How would you handle 2 months with no internet?
I don’t believe I’ve ever actually been addicted to internet. But our summers away provide a good test. Because I have found that the best way to diagnose it is by going without.
And I’m please to report that I love the time unplugged, especially our time at the summer home! It’s a place where even cell phone reception is sketchy. So we do miss keeping up with world news, and with friends and family in particular.
But it it’s GOOD to have a prolonged period of just doing Real Life. So with this thought in mind, I’d like to share what we DO during those times. Things we might miss out on, or at least not enjoy as much as.
18 Things we enjoyed without internet:
Most of which you could enjoy too, adapted to your locality AND CONDITIONS.
- 🚶♀️ Taking long walks.
- 🍦 Going out for ice cream.
- 📚 Reading a lot.
- 📖 Bible study.
- 🍕 Going out for pizza.
- 📀 Watching films.
- 💤 Taking long naps.
- 🧹 Extra cleaning and home maintenance.
- ⛪ Visiting churches (or at least online during lockdowns).
- 🍲 Attending local street festivals.
- ☕ Visiting with neighbors in our shared courtyard and in the local piazza.
- 📜 Learning more about Hubby’s family history.
- 🗨️ Sharing our faith.
- 👪 Quality time with family.
- 🤫 Sitting quietly together..
- 🏞️ Visiting the Cilento National Park seacoast.
- 🧺 Savoring a picnic lunch along the Amalfi coast.
- 🍽️ The blessing of having house guests.
- And reading the Bible in the piazza because the people asked us too!
Every summer down at the summer home, in that village which seems almost surreal, I learn valuable lessons. Hubby and I use it as a kind of spiritual retreat. A time to reflect, ponder, and redirect.
But the main lesson came through watching friends struggle over the lack of internet.
They only spent 2 nights with us. But not having access to social media nearly drove some of them crazy! They were visiting a new place they’d never been to before. In the midst of unspoilt nature, surrounded by breathtaking views. During a time of various street festivals. And yet, they spent a lot of time checking their phones for internet connection, frustrated when they didn’t get service.
It made me realize that people often don’t enjoy to the fullest good times and special experiences, because of searching online for trivialities, posting selfies, or fear of missing messages on social media. Experts call this fear FOMO, Fear of Missing Out, and say it’s becoming a serious problem with many people.
Our friends seemed to think we were making a big sacrifice by going without internet for so long. But I couldn’t help but wonder: What were they sacrificing by not wanting to unplug for 2 days?
So what would you do with no internet for 2 months? What would you add to my list?
What good things are you missing out on, or not fully enjoying, because of internet?