30 days Without Internet

A student sent me this interesting essay about social media and the digital divide. Could you go 30 days without the internet ? Check it out :

When you open your laptop and go on the internet there is an unlimited amount of information available to you. In fact, in today’s society people are constantly connected to what’s going on around the world because of the internet. This daily action is often taken for granted because it is so common. People have gained power, millions, and fame from social media.  Many would argue that there are negative aspects to a generation being so engage in online activities. However, I believe that the internet and social media are important for intellectual growth and socializing.  Imagine having no internet. Although this thought seems farfetched to you and me it is a reality to many people around the world.

After learning about the Digital Divide I decided to bring attention to the issue by going without television and communication technology for 1 months.  According to the International Telecommunications Union in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Ethiopia less than 1% of the people are connected to the internet. I sought to find out how not being connected to the technology that many of us take for granted affects would affect my life.

Although, no one wrote me any handwritten letters instead of text messages I did begin buying newspapers.  It felt as if I was in a time warp as I purchased this item instead of simply looking at a news app on my cellphone. The major difference that I encountered was a delay in the information I received. While others were able to find out the news as it happened via CNN and Twitter I had to wait until the next day to buy a newspaper.

My social experiment affected my social life and education the most.  I was receiving and sending phone calls. However, I was not using FaceTime, text messaging, ooVoo, or Gmail. That made it harder for me to communicate with people in different countries. Furthermore, I did not have the luxury of seeing the person’s face as I communicated with the. While undergoing this experiment I had several assignments to complete. Not being able to use the internet made this difficult to accomplish. Instead of finding information instantly online I had to rely on books in the library. Technology definitely makes our lives easier.

I was relieved when a month had passed and I could use my cellphone and laptop again. This experience taught me to appreciate living in an area where technology is very accessible.  Furthermore, I also learned that while I am very dependent on technology I can live without it. However, after undergoing a month without internet, social media, and text messaging I value technology and instant forms of communication more than I had previously.

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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

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