I can’t remember what I used to do with my time before the Internet. As soon as my parents got dial-up Internet on our Windows 95 computer, I was hooked.
I was around 13 at the time and we used the Internet to send free text messages (these used to cost 30p from your phone!), download ringtones and mess around on chatrooms.
As I’ve grown, so has the Internet. It’s no longer a tool to Ask Jeeves silly questions and troll Freeserve chatrooms. It’s a part of every day life. To the point as I don’t know what I would do without the Internet.
Here’s a list of the things I do online, that I used to do with like, real objects and talking to people and other gross stuff like that.
- Whatsapp my friends on Whatsapp Web.
- Message my Mum on Facebook messenger.
- Order takeaways.
- Book tables for restaurants.
- Check the weather and news.
- Pay my credit card.
- Transfer money.
- Find recipes to cook from.
- Order Christmas presents.
- Sort my car insurance.
- Check what’s on TV.
- Look at cinema times.
- Send birthday cards.
- Watch Netflix.
- Book concert tickets.
- Make friends.
- Check bus/train times.
- Book holidays.
- Order a taxi.
Basically, my life used to be like this:
I’d check teletext for what was on the TV now and next. I’d then check the cinema times in the newspaper and go around to my friends house, knock on her door and as her mum if I could talk to her. We would get the bus into town by knowing how often the buses come and buy presents and a card for Father’s day . I would go to the bank to deposit a cheque in. We would go to the cinema, then come back home by getting a taxi from the near by taxi rank. When we got home, we would meet our other friends at a time we had arranged three days ago and order a takeaway. We would call from mums landline and order what we wanted, then go and pick it up after half an hour. We would then crowd around a tiny TV in my bedroom and watch Scream on VHS. My friends would have to be home by the time it got dark. Then I’d read a book and go to bed.
That’s a million miles away from life in 2017. Everything is done over an iPhone app or the Internet.
Even at work, I am lost without the Internet. I have work email on my phone, I have an app on my iPhone that I can order stock on and another app where I can contact lots of other colleagues to share information and advice. Thankfully there are services such as TalkTalk Business that make it easy for companies to get Internet for their employees. I’d be upset if my work didn’t have wifi!
It’s hard to tell if we have more time now because the Internet makes things easier, or we have less time because we are trying to cram so much more in and do so many thing at once.
I would say I’m heavily reliant on the Internet – to the point where I wouldn’t go on holiday to somewhere that doesn’t have wifi. That is a bit sad, really, isn’t it? That we’re so afraid of not being able to connect.
Can you cope without the internet?