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Could you manage without internet access?


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I'm a self-confessed internet addict, spending a good deal of my working life online, and I'm afraid I have to check my emails, even when I'm on holiday.

I'm not alone but I wonder just how many of you also recognise the symptoms in yourselves - would you be OK without the internet for a couple of weeks, or if you're honest, would you feel something was missing if you didn't get your daily on-line fix?

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polymath

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For about 2 weeks max (here on the far side of Ireland)! It would mean going back to;

a day spent just getting to & from the nearest library (or a city);

communication with friends & relations (most of whom are in the UK) via international phone calls, & letters taking up to 2 weeks;

no affordable way to go & see them (though I suppose I could try walking, as has been suggested - I am pretty fit for a 67-year-old);

lots of 'little' tasks requiring peak-time international calls to UK organisations, with no UK phone books available, & having to find out where they are before asking Directory Enquiries.....

And so on.

And that's without factoring in the dwindling of non-internet ways of doing things.

As for trying to argue with the 'You Facebook users should get out more' brigade, I've given up on that one!

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polymath

Nicely put.

I know some farmers who tell me that their lives have been transformed by the internet. Lots of farmers live busy and often fairly solitary lives, miles from the nearest town.

Having internet access can be a godsend for people who can't easily get to shops/banks/libraries etc., quite apart from the way the internet facilitates contact with friends and relatives you don't get to see very often.

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CommandJG

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Yes. I think I could survive without Internet access but only couples of days! Finally, I would feel I am behind others and go back to the Internet user cycle again.

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