Could You Live Without The Internet?
Yesterday Tesh posted a very interesting article entitled “Cutting the Umbilical” with the umbilical referring to, as you’ve no doubt guessed, the Internet. Apart from being fascinating, the article struck a cord with me because I’ll be moving apartment in a few weeks and I’m currently trying to get an Internet connection for my new home sorted out. The prospect of moving in without an Internet connection (or my dreaded unrealistic catastrophic thought of being unable to get it all for some extreme reason) fills me with terror.
As Dblade pointed out in one of Tesh’s comments, MMORPGs are very habitual and for me, that habit has been carved into me for over 10 years. Although I don’t play anywhere nearly as much as I used to (and sometimes not at all), the idea of not being able to play for an extended period of time makes me really quite anxious. I would never say I was addicted to MMORPGs because I can easily not play them but I feel like my reliance on the Internet is more than that and MMOs are just another component of it.
I’m not sure why I feel nervous about living without an Internet connection. I could still tweet on my phone, upload blog posts from my work and even play World of Warcraft at my mum’s. I guess in many ways the Internet has become my safety blanket. I moved out of my family home when I was 19 and lived alone for a total of six years that I think I’m just so used to it as a source of entertainment, information, communication and, of course, habit.
This whole experience has left me frustrated because I hate the idea of being dependant on anything and I’d like to break this habit. I don’t like feeling neurotic and, in many ways, I feel like the Internet controls me. It’s like some sort of poisoned chalice – giving us so much, yet making us so dependant on it.
So could I live without the Internet? Yes, I could. Should I lie without the Internet? Yeah, I probably should. But do I want to live without it? Hell no.
Could you live without the Internet?