I did. Survive 10 days without internet, that is. But even so. It doesn’t mean that it was easy. And, come to think of it, it shouldn’t have been difficult either, right?
Remember Maslow‘s hierarchy of needs?☝️☝️ It starts from the bottom level with what we need the most in order to survive; physical needs such as food, air, water and shelter.
However, some wonder whether we should add internet to this list as well. Should we though?
During our stay in Cuba, we went for 10 whole days without any internet access whatsoever. It was amazing to be truly offline and present.
You know how even during lunch or dinner with friends, family or colleagues, everyone is on their smartphones? We’re either taking a picture of the food, browsing through Facebook, sharing a story on Instagram or checking the latest football score. To mention but a few.
But without smartphones getting in our way, we enjoyed long conversations and debates, and to pass the time in the evenings, even ended up playing charades. The actual thing and not the mobile app game.
My internet-free experience has been a much needed wake up call. It helped me put things into perspective and made me realise how internet-dependant we have become. True, my work actually does depend on it. Without internet, I wouldn’t even be able to share this with you.
But, just think about it for a minute. How long could you survive without internet? If at all?