Okay so yesterday, the internet in the building that I work in went down. This was mostly because the IT team decided to update the internet and forgot to tell anyone. As you would expect with a building full of small businesses, people were very angry because it meant that they couldn’t get any work done.
Except for me. One of the advantages of being in charge of writing the newsletters I guess. I didn’t need the internet to finish my task, like everyone else did. It did mean that I didn’t have to help with tidying the office a.k.a moving junk out into the corridor though.
But it got me thinking about how much time we spend online and how much our lives revolve around the internet these days. You need an internet connection to run a business, to get in touch with suppliers, promote your products and reach out to customers, sure. But it’s more than that, it’s where I spend a lot of my time socializing and keeping in touch with my friends who are living at the opposite end of the country. It’s where people gather information and news from various sources and it can provide endless hours of entertainment. (Even if said entertainment is just watching cat videos on youtube.)
I don’t know, I think that maybe we’re starting to rely on the internet too much. With our smart phones we are now constantly connected. (What the hell did we do before google?) I think that’s bad. Whilst it is a good way of keeping in touch with people you would have probably lost contact with, it also means that we are shutting ourselves off from each other which is bad. Even most video games require an internet connection for some of their features. This is fine for MMORPGs and other multiplayer games, but do I really need it for the Sims? I don’t want to talk to people whilst I’m mercilessly wrecking the lives of my little sim family. I don’t really want to post my achievements online either.
I don’t know, maybe it would do us good if we stopped relying on the internet so much. We’ll all be more productive for one thing (or at least I will) and we’d all be happier because we’d go out and see people and have things to talk about. Also, if everyone disconnected from the internet there’d be less people to feed the trolls which would mean that they would get bored and get lives. (See, everyone wins.) Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet (most of the time.) and I like the fact that I can find people with the same weird sense of humor as me. It’s just that I don’t understand why we need to be constantly connected all the time.