What’s the longest you’d want to live without internet access?

This question is both challenging and easy to answer. I am a member of a technology based generation. We communicate on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and a variety of other social networking services. We communicate via e-mail and blog. We communicate via text messages. We communicate via instant messages.

To be frank, I often want to turn it all off. I often want to say, “No you can’t know the details of my life when you’re not a part of it without my consent or knoweldge.” I often want to say, “If you really care about me, then you will take the time to call me or meet with me”.

Today it’s too easy for everyone to get involved in everyone’s lives. Why do they care whether or not you went to the bathroom? Why do they care that you went to so and so club on so and so night? What does it matter? How does it mean anything to their lives? It can’t. It can’t mean anything when you have 1000 friends on Facebook. That’s a lot of stalking you need to do. And furthermore, who would WANT to spend all that time “Keeping up with the Jonses”? That time would be better spent living our own lives. If we want to share it online, that’s our choice, not our requirement for friendship.

So to answer the above question, I could spend the rest of my life without internet access. Rather, it would be fabulous if it were possible, since unfortunately we are constantly being bombarded by the internet, it comes into our lives whether we want it to or not. In effect, I seek to live a life with the least amount of internet useage as possible that way the people who matter will show me that they care about me because they will take the time to come to speak to me they will make the time to see me. Otherwise, Facebook can keep their fairweather friends.

Ariel Ceylan,
Over and Out


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