If I said that now in 2013 we communicate with each other the same way as we’ve always done you’d yell:
It’s 2013 and we live in a world so online we don’t know how to get off again.
My Challenge: 24 hours
without internet access. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Google and most importantly to me no Skype – my literal lifeline to my mum.
Challenge Status: Accepted. . .
Although I consider myself a bit of an internet buff/know-it-all, others would probably argue I’m not really. I can just about check (which I do constantly during the day) my:
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hollyeolivia
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/hollyeolivia
The first two which have a never ending feed, which I like to constantly refresh (Well something important might come up).
How did I think the Challenge would go?
It was time to see how 24 hours without Internet would affect me. I totally believed this would be easy peasy lemon squeezy after all, how hard can not having the Internet be?
When we were younger we never had it, I was always out on my bike pedalling at speeds I can’t reach now, to catch up with friends and see how their Tamagotchi, or in some cases Furbies, were doing.
Now though it’s different, in 2013 according to the Office for National Statistics over 36 million people access the Internet everyday.
It’s a crazy thought. I look out of my window now and I don’t see kids playing on their bikes, instead when they are outside they’re comparing the latest iPad or iPhones but generally no bikes are involved.
Before this little experiment started I felt that with my experience of the Internet it wouldn’t be that hard. I really believed that I wasn’t a massive ‘internet-er’. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter sure but I guess I don’t really update as much as others do. I thought the 24 hours would whizz by!
1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour, 4…
So it started off well enough. I reached for my phone in the morning when I woke up just to update everything and then almost instantaneously remembered and swerved my hand to reach for the light instead. Seriously, I reached for my phone in utter darkness instead of my light. I suddenly felt really self-consciously stupid.
Who checks social networking before they even turn on the light? Apparently I do.
Craig Smith from Digital Marketing Ramblings is a busy when it comes to exploring the stats of how many people use Social Networking. See his amazing graphic at the bottom of this blog or click here. Craig’s alphabetical graphic shows the massive amounts of people using social networking. An impressive 1.11 billion people are using Facebook alone!
(So hopefully there IS someone out there the same as me!)
shaking off the feeling of a sudden impending doom I felt in my stomach I switched iTunes on. I’m a big music listener and generally try and download the Top 10 hits every week more or less, today was the day. Perfect. Can’t wait to get that new…Stop. What are you doing? Almost got me.
As of February 6 of this year Apple recorded that over 25 billion songs had been purchased and downloaded from iTunes. They even gave away €10,000 to the buyer of 25th billion song.
still bitter it wasn’t me.
Within an hour of waking up, I had already tried and thankfully stopped myself wanting to get on the Internet twice.
Am I really that Internet dependent?
Apparently the answer was turning out to be yes.
The difficult decision – cutting off all contact!
Ultimately the only way I figured to stop myself from glancing, peeking and sneaking at the Internet was to leave my phone in my flat, whilst I went to uni. Now that is a BIG DEAL for me! My phone is generally in my hand at all times, in case Barack Obama ever feels the need to call or something (heavy sarcasm and a lot of wishes).
Before I started my Internet 24-hour detox I read an interesting article from Time about Internet Addiction, which stated that heavy Internet users can: “undergo withdrawal symptoms similar to those experience by drug users.”
I’m sure I suffered from it!
I was unbelievably fidgety, at least I was for a few hours. But all of a sudden I was more concentrated on what my shorthand teacher was actually saying, perhaps because I was so desperate for something to do.
It was probably just shy of a small miracle when suddenly writing word endings in strange little Aztec-like symbols made just a bit more sense and by the end of class I think I got it.
After the initial withdrawal symptoms I pretty much just got on with, however I was so embarrassed when I tried talking to my friend who was messaging on Facebook at the same time.
Could this really be what I’m like – it’s just so rude. I was having to fight a smart phone for attention, and repeating myself was a nightmare. Eventually I stopped talking and so without any fuss did she.
The Hardest Part…
Their is no doubt in my mind, the hardest part of this experiment was the no Skype rule.
With my mum, step-dad and step-brother being out in Dubai and the international phone-calls being so over-priced not talking to them was really tough! My mum especially. We weren’t that close when I was younger, but now she is the one person I want to speak to for even the littlest thing.
- Could YOU go 24 hours without the internet? (ellenmcgann.wordpress.com) – I just saw this and thought. She’s pretty funny!