Life without the internet!

July 17, 2018

"You’re nuts!" "How will you go on without it?"  "What are you going to do with yourself?"   These are all things my friends have said to me over the past week. You see, I’m cutting the internet out of my life, that’s right, I’m unplugging myself from the “virtual world”.  First let me address the statements above.  To start, you already know I’m nuts that much is obvious if you have ever met me or listen to my show.  Next, I survived without the Internet for close to 14 years, I think I’ll be able to get by without it again. And finally, I’ll probably be reading a lot more.

You may be asking yourself, “Crock, why exactly are you getting rid of your Internet?”   Well I have been paying $100 a month, for the slowest internet speeds provided and no cable.  I don’t know about your high profile style of living, but for me, $100 is a good chunk of change.  Think about it, that’s a hundred extra bucks you be using on something else.  Maybe you could take your girl out to a date, pay off some of your bills (that’s what I’m doing with it) or maybe even treating yourself to something nice once a month.

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first, but you quickly realize how addicted you are to your phone once you “cut the cord” (as experts call it).   I’ve only been without Internet for about a week and a half, and it’s very hard to break the habit, of just picking up my phone and staring at it.  I swear! I will pick it up, look at it, and say, “What am I doing?”  If anything, I’m glad I got rid of the internet, because that’s a strange feeling, when you notice you’re falling into an old habit you didn’t even realize existed!  

Earlier I said I would be reading a lot more, and boy is that the truth!  Since my log off from the internet, I’ve already read two books and I should be finished a third book by the end of the week.  In fact, I have already bought another book, and if I timed it right, it should arrive right when I finish said third book.  Yes that will be three books read in less than two weeks people!    Think about it,  for all the hours we spend on Facebook just mindlessly scrolling down, status after status, pointless article after pointless article, that’s precious time you could actually be stimulating your brain reading something important actually doing something productive!   No joke, I’ve been just getting more stuff done around the house and not even realizing it.  I have organized my cabinets, I’ve clean the house, and the biggest shocker of all, I don’t even mind working out! You find all sorts of things to do when you’re not glued to your phone or the Internet.

If I do find myself needing to go on the World Wide Web, it’s easy.   I just go on my cell phone and I look.  But here’s the deal, when you’re on your cell phone and you don’t have Wi-Fi, you’re using your data, and if you run out of data your price goes up on your bill, so you have to manage it and be careful.  You can’t spend too much time on it, but I think that’s a good thing.  Moderation of the Internet is all you need, and I’m starting to feel like I live in the 90s again (kind of). 

I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about quitting.  I didn’t know if I’ll be able to do it, but it’s not that hard.  I enjoy living life on a simpler term.  I enjoy reading, I enjoy just enjoying my day, and if I need to go on the Internet for a prolong period of time, usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning, I wake up, I go to the Donut Connection in Pittston with my laptop, I connect to the Wi-Fi, I have a cup coffee and I catch up on all my internet needs.

I don’t know, maybe I will get the Internet back one day, but right now, I’m going to enjoy my simpler lifestyle, and my newfound appreciation for reading.