Many today would ask, “Is it even possible to live without internet?” How about you? Would you survive 2 months without it? What would you do?
We traveled a lot this summer. And between visiting friends and churches, and with the month we spent down in our summer home, we were gone 2 months.
And all of it free from the internet!
First because it seemed rude to me to sit in our host home connected to internet, but not really connecting with them. And second, we have no internet in our summer home, and the village has few WiFi spots. (But I had no urgent matters to attend to, anyway.)
And finally, after returning home, we experienced connection problems, extending the period even more.
I don’t believe I have ever actually been addicted to internet. But our summers away provide a good test. I find that the best way to diagnose internet addiction is by going without it.
And I’m please to report that I loved the time unplugged, especially our month at the summer home! It’s a place where even cell phone reception is sketchy. So we did miss keeping up with world news, and with friends and family in particular.
But it was GOOD to have a prolonged period of just doing Real Life.
- We went for long walks.
- We went out for ice cream.
- We read a lot.
- We studied our Bibles.
- We went out for pizza.
- We watched DVD’s.
- We talked, laughed, joked, or just sat together silently — enjoying one another’s company.
- We took long naps.
- We enjoyed attending church and fellowship with the brethren.
- We traveled to the Cilento National Park seacoast and savored a picnic lunch along the Amalfi coast.
- We joined the neighbors in the shared courtyard for a bit of homey chit chat.
- We learned more about Hubby’s family roots and history.
- We experienced the joy of having two groups of house guests in the summer home.
- We attended a few local street festivals.
- I gave the summer home a thorough cleaning, and Hubby did some maintenance.
- We sat in the piazza with the locals, where we had a chance to share our faith.
- And for our last week there, we held Bible reading in the piazza — because the local people asked for them!
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 unspoiled 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 weren’t picking up WiFi.
It made me realize that people often don’t enjoy to the fullest good times and special experiences, due to fear of missing messages on social media. And sadly, often over trivial matters.
And they 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?