The vacation spot was really the perfect location for us. It had a private lake for fishing, and a large pool for swimming. The bedrooms were ample sized, and it had two bathrooms (double the potty capacity of our actual home) one of which featured a large jacuzzi tub, much to the delight of the children. It was close enough to home that I was able to travel back one day, and the children didn’t feel like we’d been to the end of the earth getting there, but far enough away that we felt like we were away from home and taking a break.
It was perfect except, there was no internet.
Or more precisely, there was a single wifi connection in a location quite a distance from our apartment and that connection appeared to be powered by a pair of hamsters with attention deficit disorder.
I was able to check email a couple of times, but beyond that, my digital dependency was REALLY put to the test. I was encouraged on day three when I notice that I hadn’t thought about Facebook, or Twitter or Pinterest. Those things, while captivating in the moment, are not the cornerstones of my internet usage. Even if I had access to the internet, we were so busy I wouldn’t have been using those things all that much anyway.
I REALLY missed the blog. I missed touching base with people and getting feedback on the things that float around in my brain. If I had known that I would be completely disconnected, I would have pre-written a few things and had them scheduled to post, just so I didn’t leave you all in unexplained silence.
But mostly, I missed the general usefulness of the internet. I was going to make breakfast casserole. Can I make it the night before and then pop it in the oven in the morning? Just Google that . . . oh. I can’t. See a sign for a seemingly interesting nearby attraction. Let’s look up those details . . . Oh. I can’t. Finished the book I’m reading on the Nook. I have a free Friday book in my Nook library, I’ll just download that . . . oh. I can’t. What time is X olympic sport going to air, and on what channel? Don’t know. Just have to guess.
I had been wondering lately if my connectedness was primarily powered by vanity and laziness, but six days with no connection showed me that I use the the internet in a general way in almost all aspects of my life. It isn’t a luxury item I justify as a necessity. It is fully integrated into a good deal of my daily activities.
Whether or not that is actually a good thing is a discussion for another day.