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.