This past weekend I had to take our laptop the the shop. Nothing major, the screen cover was coming off, the result of an old repair…..Never leave your macbook on the floor…..Anyway. They were not as fast with the repair as I would have liked and we found ourselves with a long weekend with no internet connection. We don’t have cable or satellite either. Most of our entertainment and interaction with the media world comes through the screen of our computer.
I loved the absence of the internet. I am not online all the time. I don’t look at facebook much. I check email a couple times a day. But I noticed somethings that bear reflection:
We are stupid without google. Several times in a long weekend I found something I wanted to look up. My brain jumps to..”go look online”, then realized I could not. I don’t know where else to look things up.
I was reading late at night, found something I wanted to search and thought I would have to wait until the library opened. I did not go to the library. I heard recently about a study done on GPS users that found that when we regularly use GPS, on brains stop using the “sense of direction” part. We stop working to find our own way. We stop finding our own answers.
Now, I learned long ago that it is sometimes more valuable to know where to find an answer than is is to know the answer. Is that true if rely on a single source of information? The internet is wonderful but it is not the source of all information.
I see more people on the cloud technology but what will we do if the power grid fails, batteries cannot recharge, whole computer servers dead. Where will we find answer to inquiries? Where will our information be?
I enjoyed being unplugged. I am glad and relieved to have our precious macbook back at home. Relieved to have the tool back, a similar feeling to when I am without my truck. I think I miss the use of the tool. And I appreciate the perspective of real life. Not online life, real life.