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.