Life without a computer

The Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs

When Hurricane Sandy came through New Jersey last year, I had an opportunity to find out if I could live without my computer for one week.  I had no electricity therefore I had no internet, TV or landline phone.

Well, I cheated.  I have a smartphone.  I sat in my car for hours charging my phone using the car battery so I could check Facebook to find out what was going on around me.  It was better than sitting in the dark in the house listening to the water pour in through the collapsed ceiling after the wind ripped the roof off my house.

My Facebook friends shared news and articles about the storm damage.  They told their friends where they could buy gas and food since the storm and the power outage made it difficult to buy either one.  I needed to know where to find the shorter gas lines as I was burning so much fuel to charge my phone.  But I tried to limit my use of the internet on my cell phone to save the battery. I survived the week using my cell phone.

It shouldn’t be difficult to live without a computer, should it?  I’m old enough to remember growing up without computers, air-conditioning and having only three channels on TV.

If I didn’t have a computer:

I wouldn’t be able to apply for jobs as most applications are only accepted online.

 I’d have to read the print version of the newspaper every day.

 I’d have no email so I’d have to write letters. But I write letters anyway.  Though I’d miss all the great email jokes from Mom and my other relatives.

I wouldn’t know what’s going on in anyone’s life since I wouldn’t have access to Facebook.  I’d miss the drama even though I sometimes complain about it.

 Because I wouldn’t have access to email and Facebook, I’d have to call my friends and relatives more often.  I’m not sure that people want that much phone contact these days.

 I wouldn’t be able to obsessively check my bank account balances.

 I’ll spend more money buying groceries since I wouldn’t have access to internet coupons and coupon codes.

 I’d have to pay my bills by check through the mail.

 I wouldn’t be able to find my way around the state without a map as I usually print Google Maps before leaving the house.  I’d have to use the phone book or directory assistance to get phone numbers.

 I wouldn’t be able to fact-check everything I hear in the news or from my friends.  I would miss the up-to-the-second breaking news.

 My friends wouldn’t think I’m so smart anymore if I didn’t have Wikipedia and other internet sources to quickly find trivia on the spot.

I could write but I wouldn’t have an audience without a computer and a WordPress account.

 Without a computer, I would have more time (and be more motivated) to:

Play my guitars
Do some needlework
Re-read the books in my library
Obsessively clean my house (Wait – I do that now.)

I know a few people who have never used a computer and never will use one.  I don’t know how they do it.  I needed only a week of having “no computer” to realize that life is so much easier with one.

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10 Responses to Life without a computer

  1. weggieboy says:

    It is unimaginable! Period. I hope I never have to experience it, though odds are great it will happen some time.

    • Natasha says:

      I am fortunate to have two laptop computers. When one occasionally has the “blue screen of death” or other problems, I have a backup while I’m looking for a patch to repair the “misbehaving” computer. I’d prefer not to go back to pre-computer days.

  2. weggieboy says:

    This reminds me of the “haiku error message” challenge that periodically shows up on the e-mail page when someone finds it. There are many sites full of it.

    despair of blue screen
    there is nought beyond the abyss
    blend into the void

    There, my humble effort!

    • Natasha says:

      Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to write one of my own. But I liked this one from the link:

      Serious error
      All shortcuts have disappeared
      Screen. Mind. Both are blank

  3. That EJ says:

    Oh, the bills! I forgot about the bills. What an effort!
    I actually prefer the print newspaper though. But I’m funny like that.
    Fantastic post. I love your blog!

    • Natasha says:

      Thanks for reading. I read the print newspaper a few times a week but the print version is not searchable. But what would we do without online banking and Facebook?

      • That EJ says:

        Ah yes, the search is a very valid point. Definitely handy and time-saving. And without online banking, every bill of mine would be late… or unpaid. Haha. Facebook has some merit also. It is handy for organising things with friends and groups and such. Absolutely.

  4. smilingbug says:

    This was great, thank you for sharing. One more thing, if you didn’t have a computer you’d probably get more sleep, ha! I know I would. Thanks for the fun post.

  5. meeticeland says:

    People have become too attached to tech stuff. If you wouldn’t use computer, you would know what people are doing because you wouldn’t order stuff online but go to store, talk to people and buy stuff. No biggie 🙂 And sleep would be so much better. You would get more exercise because you would be walking more every day. Your room would be so much prettier because of cute, green phone with curled wire that would have purpose. The list goes on… 🙂

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