No you are not about to read a story based off a prompt though I must admit that the title sounds like it…😉
Sareena posted about going a few days without Wi-Fi! Be sure to read her post here! When I commented, she asked if I had ever experienced going without Wi-Fi…and after explaining that I had not had any device so basically no Wi-Fi until I was 18. She thought it was really interesting and started asking me lots of questions and I was like you know what…maybe I should blog about this…
So here goes my attempt at explaining what it was like to grow up not being on the internet until I was 18.
First off…I think it was a wise decision that my parents made, although I hold nothing against other parents who chose to do things differently.
What did I do instead of being online?!
I know, it’s crazy to picture a world without blogging, email, Pinterest, different social media platforms, chat groups, search engines, and the like…but when it’s all you know and you’ve never experienced the internet, you actually don’t feel deprived or like you’re missing something!
To me, this was such an incredible blessing! I wrote to my friends or got together with them instead of texting/emailing! I played outside instead of on the internet! I read books instead of pinning stuff on Pinterest!
So maybe you’re sitting there now like, “but you were missing so much!” But I didn’t know what I was missing! Hehe 😛 Did you see what I did there?!
What did I get that everyone who always had Wi-Fi missed?
This is going to be hard to explain! 😉 So this is not to say that y’all didn’t play outside, come up with your own ideas, read, or write letters to friends just because you had internet! However, I for sure did more of those things through the years!
I learned the skill of being able to be bored and having to create my own entertainment! I didn’t have video games so I played card games and board games. I read books and wrote for endless hours in notebooks.
I wasn’t consumed by the internet or social media! If the power went out, or the internet was down, the day was the same for me! When I visited friends, I wasn’t on my phone because I didn’t have one and neither did my friends so we hung out, went on bike rides, and had deep conversations!
My siblings and I were always very close! The internet wasn’t there to put us each in our own little world! We are each other’s confidants! We talked about tons, told each other everything, and played! We put on puppet shows and plays for our parents! I read out loud to my siblings and we played library and would check out books! We played outside together and would dress up in silly outfits!
Like skirts on our heads with sunglasses on and jewelry! And even though my 16 yr. old sister and I both have Wi-Fi now, our sibling bond has remained the same!
We were spared some from losing our innocence and just from losing hope and becoming desensitized to the state of our world!
In otherwords, I’m thankful my childhood didn’t contain internet, even though, it is often needed and useful in adulthood.
It is very complex to explain this and I could say many other things, but this post is already getting long!😉
Do I appreciate having internet now?
Of course! I love it immensely! Blogging and my blogging friends or blogging buddies, as I like to call them, have become so important to me and I cannot begin to imagine my life without them!!
I’m gonna do some pros and cons about Wi-Fi now!!
I love my blog!
The ability to share my writing and life with other people online is incredible!!
I love my blogging buddies!!
They are some of the most incredible, inspiring, and sweet people! I love y’all so much!!
In case you didn’t know, I love Pinterest!
There are so many ideas, diy stuff, and incredible quotes! I like to think of it as the place to find anything and everything!
I mean except of course blogging memes, hence the reason why I’m making them! 😝
I love having email!
The ability to email my friends and send them pictures straight from my phone without having to print them is great! I have an email Pen Pal that I met online through a writing class! I love communicating with her!
Listening to music!
I don’t know about all of you, but I live on music and I love listening to Christian music on my phone through my Pandora app!
So time consuming!!
I’m sure you all have experienced this before…
…you’re sitting on Pinterest to look up a certain thing and after you see an interesting pin in your feed so you start scrolling down your feed. You look up the time and a half hour is gone!! 😨 Blog posts take sooo long to write and rewrite!! You are so ready to be done and you still have so much more to explain!
What makes you think this was one of those posts?!
Less time with your family!
You have less time to talk, hang out, and play games, it’s just a fact! 😞 It’s not always easy to have to say, “I can’t! I have to finish this post!”
Less time to read!
Yes, I am bookworm in case you didn’t know! I always had so much time to read before and now I’m like, “must not read right now, must blog!!” 😂
I just realized I keep using things that have to do with less time! 😝
Can stunt your creativity!
I know, don’t beat me up guys! I know that blogging requires creativity in like an endless stream! However, other social media outlooks and apps like Pinterest can stop you from doing actual crafts or things like reading, writing, or art.
Can be a waste of time!
Once again, I’m not necessarily putting blogging in this category! Although, sometimes we put too much time into blogging, let’s be honest!! Video games and social media outlets can definitely be over used though!
And, I’m gonna stop myself there because otherwise this post will never have an end!
I feel like I could have gone on a bit longer, but I wasn’t sure what people might want to know! If you guys want to hear more or you’d be interested in my doing a Q&A on it, let me know in the comments!
Thoughts? Did you grow up with Wi-Fi? Did you appreciate it? Did you wish you hadn’t? At what age did you first use Wi-Fi?