Life Without Access

Thoughts By 8 years ago

On the top of my list when moving house was setting up an Internet account, a simple enough procedure, right?

Due to my current experience I would have to question this simplicity. I have been in the house for over 2 weeks now and what was meant to be a 3-5 working day procedure is yet to be completed. I have had no Internet access whatsoever in this time and the effect of this has been more extensive than I could have imagined.

Without constant access to the Internet I can not regularly check Facebook, Twitter, Yammer and B2Cloud. This left me feeling very out of the loop socially, at work and with current news. To combat this I turned to traditional sources of media. That’s right, I read newspapers, picked up a phone in place of email and (shock horror!) consulted a phone book. These forms of media and communication appeared as a novelty and this gave me an insight into how dependent I am on the web. Is this a negative reflection of the same situation in society, or is it a sign of the fast moving development of technology and the advantages it provides for us in every day life?

I am still without access to the Internet and still feeling the pinch. This blog is being posted at an Internet café. However, a part of me is starting to enjoy the lack of access. I feel a little traditional, a little old school…and then I realize the only way I can see my new baby niece in NZ is via Skype and I am making a call to the internet company who have delayed our installation to give them a piece of my mind.

  • Nice post Emily, but i have a question. Is it possible to be too connected? The exact opposite of what you are currently facing. I find often I have too much access between my work pc (LAN), home pc (WIFI), Blackberry (3G), Ipod (WIFI), playstation 3 (WIFI), home media centre (WIFI) and even my directly through my TV (WIFI)

  • Emily

    Personally I think it is possible to be too connected. As you have clearly outlined it seems as though it is difficult to get away from internet access sometimes when we have so many available mediums. However I also believe that where the line lies between helpful and too much is a personal opinion. The best way to combat an abundance of internet sources is to really understand the purpose of each. Is it necessary to access the internet through the playstation and tv when it can be accessed on a pc at home and work as well as via a mobile? I suggest a decision can be made on what is really necessary which will avoid any feelings of being ‘over-connected’.

    This theory can also be applied when one is confronted with the numerous social networks available. You discussed this well in your article ‘A Dilemma, LinkedIn or Plaxo?'( It can seem all a bit too much when you have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Plaxo and Blogger (just to name a few). Who has time to maintain so many accounts while still fitting in any sort of face to face human interaction? Again, I suggest a thorough understanding of the purpose of the sites is the answer. Which ones are most beneficial, which ones are suited to you personally? Once this is decided and, if necessary, some accounts are cancelled I am sure feelings of being over connected could change to being in control.