Two Months Without Internet

Does fear of missing out (on social mediay?) distract you from truly enjoying life’s special moments fully? Try unplugging for awhile!

Internet in café

Many today would ask, “Is it even possible to live without internet?” How about you? Would you survive 2 months without it? What would you do? 

We traveled a lot this summer. And between visiting friends and churches, and with the month we spent down in our summer home, we were gone 2 months. AND ALL OF IT INTERNET-FREE.

First because it seemed rude to me to sit in our host home connected to internet, but not really connecting with them. And second, we have no internet in our summer home, and the village has few WiFi spots. (But I had no urgent matters to attend to, anyway.)

And finally, after returning home, we experienced connection problems, extending the period even more.

I don’t believe I have ever actually been addicted to internet. But our summers away provide a good test. I find that the best way to diagnose internet addiction is by going without it.

And I’m please to report that I loved the time unplugged, especially our month at the summer home! It’s a place where even cell phone reception is sketchy. So we did miss keeping up with world news, and with friends and family in particular.

But it was GOOD to have a prolonged period of just doing Real Life.

  1. We went for long walks.
  2. We went out for ice cream.
  3. We read a lot.
  4. We studied our Bibles.
  5. We went out for pizza.
  6. We watched DVD’s.
  7. We talked, laughed, joked, or just sat together silently — enjoying one another’s company.
  8. We took long naps.
  9. We enjoyed attending church and fellowship with the brethren.
  10. We traveled to the Cilento National Park seacoast and savored a picnic lunch along the Amalfi coast.
  11. We joined the neighbors in the shared courtyard for a bit of homey chit chat.
  12. We learned more about Hubby’s family roots and history.
  13. We experienced the joy of having two groups of house guests in the summer home.
  14. We attended a few local street festivals.
  15. I gave the summer home a thorough cleaning, and Hubby did some maintenance.
  16. We sat in the piazza with the locals, where we had a chance to share our faith.
  17. And for our last week there, we held Bible studies in the piazza — because the local people asked for them!

Every summer down at the summer home, in that village which seems almost surreal, I learn valuable lessons. Hubby and I use it as a kind of spiritual retreat. A time to reflect, ponder, and redirect.

But the main lesson I learned this year came through watching friends struggle over the lack of internet.

They only spent 2 nights with us. But not having access to social media nearly drove some of them crazy! They were visiting a new place they’d never been to before. In the midst of unspoiled nature, surrounded by breathtaking views. During a time of various street festivals. And yet, they spent a lot of time checking their phones for internet connection, frustrated when they weren’t picking up WiFi.

[Gallery images ©SheilaScorziello.com]

It made me realize that people often don’t enjoy to the fullest good times and special experiences, due to fear of missing messages on social media. And sadly, often over trivial matters.

And they seemed to think we were making a big sacrifice by going without internet for so long. But I couldn’t help but wonder: What were they sacrificing by not wanting to unplug for 2 days?

So what would you do with no internet for 2 months? What would you add to my list?

What good things are you missing out on, or not fully enjoying, because of internet?

[Image of internet devices via Pixabay.com; CC0]

Author: Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. Wife, mom, nonna to 9, missionary in Italy since 1989 with https://missionitalia.com

15 thoughts on “Two Months Without Internet”

  1. I have been drastically cutting my internet use as it takes over my life so easily. Today I am doing work on the computer and catching up on my emails. But I hope to go internet free again tomorrow and for as long as possible. I find that I am better at spending time with my children and concentrating on them, doing things like playing board games together and time outside. I also want to spend more time reading the Bible and playing the piano.

    Thanks for your encouragement. 🙂

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    1. Good for you!! Internet and all that comes with it are great tools. But we do need to keep them in balance. It really would be sad that by connecting too much to a virtual world we would miss the wonderful real world in which Christ has placed us. I’m sure your family is thrilled over your choices – blessed family!

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  2. As I’m sitting in this beautiful campground next to a gorgeous lake I’m agreeing with you whole heartedly! No channels on TV and spotty internet, we’ve enjoyed beautiful sunsets, long hikes, sitting around a fire pit tossing marshmellows and simply talking to each other. The simple life is truly the best – especially in God’s country/nature. ❤ Thanks for the follow and I will attempt to read more of yours when we return to "civilization." 🙂 Blessings back,

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  3. I love your list of off-line activities. So many delights await when we turn away from our screens. Remember when they said computers and the internet would save us so much time? I haven’t seen that result. Instead, all our electronic devices seem to steal time away from us–if we’re not careful. Thank you, Sheila, for leading the way to wise oversight of our gadgets and active living in the present.

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  4. Actually I would do most on your list and add in sewing/quilting and my volunteer work to that – that would be it. I have friends that are amazed when my phone rings I don’t answer it or check to see who texted me…I tell them, I am visiting with them and if it is important the caller will leave a message. that said, if I am expecting a call I usually let friends know, that is only because sometimes it could be work calling or when my son was in Afghanistan I was glued to my phone!! 🙂
    My children know how to get my attention via phone if it is an emergency, we have a system in place. I am finding out I do not need all these gadgets like I thought. There is a world out there waiting for me and I don’t plan on missing it because I need to be on facebook.

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    1. Thanks Karen for your comment. It was a reminder I needed too. I’m grateful that we can’t afford internet for our summer home. It helps keep me in touch with reality, and helps me remember to limit online time when we are home again too. I love blogging, but I don’t want to miss out on what’s all around me!!

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