I have a very basic internet connection. Basic = cheap and fairly slow. Good enough for my old laptop. (Let’s be clear – I have internet only, no cable. I still use rabbit ears.)
My internet connection is fast enough for emailing, blogging and facebook. I do not work from home, beyond emails and phone calls.
My phone is NOT smart. I use it for calls and a rare text message.
When I attend school, I access the internet there with my tiny tablet, but I prefer to read real, paper-paged books.
I use technology when it suits me, but I do not wish to be slave to it. I do not wish to be connected to everyone and everything all the time.
Today the internet is out here at home – on account of the rain. The outage has helped me put technology in perspective. While I use the internet and a computer at work – I do remember what it was like to work without them.
I remember phone books, encyclopedias and writing reports long hand or on a typewriter. I recall carbon paper and mimeograph machines.
I remember bookkeeping in actual journals and ledgers – very neatly written in ink. I miss that process. Bookkeeping programs and excel spreadsheets are a poor substitute.
I remember when people kept diaries or journaled, instead of blogged, and while I appreciate the editing capability of word processing programs…. there is just something so wonderful about a handwritten letter or document.