The world without the internet



The internet went out at work and after about five minutes of refreshing the browser and outlook and compulsive “OH MY GOODNESS WORK ALREADY” non-productive mindless clicking around, I realized that the internet isn’t necessary for photocopying, which is what I was setting out to do.  Saturday morning logic!
So on friday, I had the awesome pleasure of being a judge at an oratory competition!  It was really fun, the speeches were all very good.  There was one speech where this grade seven girl made fun of people who rely too much on their smartphones.  I think her tag-line was something along the lines of “smartphones?  more like dumb-phones.”  As I manually added up her score-sheet in my head, a process that took a full thirty times longer than it should have due to my smart-phone induced mush-brain, I realized that for this kid, there probably wasn’t a time where phones were ONLY phones.

For her, phone is a concept that has merged with internet connectivity.

For me, there are times throughout the day where I need to remind myself that my phone can do the tasks that my computer does, and that I really don’t need my computer, or wifi, or any of that.  Sitting there, judging that little girl on friday morning, i’ve never felt so old.