Living without the internet for 120 hours has been challenging, not least because working as a blogger without Wi-Fi is a juxtaposition but having teenagers in the house without WIFI is pretty much a form of neglect in their eyes.
Did we choose to undertake this as some sort of social experiment on family dynamics? Nope! Did we issue the ultimate punishment by switching off the connection? Nope and believe me I would have soon caved if I had considering the impact it has had!
Instead, we woke up to no connection on Thursday morning and we presumed it was a blip and so didn’t do anything about it until Friday morning when we were still wifi-less.
Friday came and went with no connection and then we were informed that it would take a few more days. This did not go down to well with the children, especially the teenagers! Erin has managed much better, a new book to read Cogheart has kept her busy plus, of course, her Lego.
The teens, however! They have moaned, they have ranted and they have run out of data. And didn’t we know about it!
The data was swallowed especially thanks to snapchat which is the data thief of epic proportions. My teens use Snapchat multiple times a day and this is the social media that they are missing the most. However, there have also been some surprising outcomes.
- They have played darts, yes it ended up in an argument once or twice, but on the whole, they have got off the sofa and played a game together.
- The teens bought me a Costa, bless them I thought they have finally decided to show their appreciation for all I do. No, it wasn’t that, rather they wanted to use Costa’s free wifi but needed a lift there! Once our drinks we bought they didn’t speak to me again for an hour!
- We went to see the grandparents at the weekend and rather than asking what time we are leaving they wanted to stay all day! Nan’s wifi code did the trick and Dylan was able to get a quick game fix with Uncle Sam’s X Box instead!
- We had a discussion about what we could live without the most and the teenagers chose a car over the internet. It shows just how used the wifi this generation are. They have grown up with mobile data and wifi readily available. No dial-up for them to remember. No waiting to use the phone line!
120 hours without the internet has not been easy and I can’t wait to be back online. It shows just how much we all now class the internet as a need rather than a want.