This really grabbed my attention right from the beginning because it is so easy to see what small steps we could take now and end up in the world that Katie Kacvinsky writes about. N and I meet up I'd say once a month with some close friends. And every single time we do meet up, without fail, one or all of us will stop what we're doing, whether it's in the middle of a conversation, or dinner or whatever and we'll check our phones. I'm sure that this isn't limited to just my circle of friends! We'll check our messages, we'll check twitter, maybe upload a photo to Facebook. Why do we do this? Why not enjoy the time we are spending together and focus on that?
So in today's WWYD? question, I'd like us all to think about what we'd do if we didn't have this permanent and easily accessible connection to people digitally? What would you do if the internet wasn't there? What if we all didn't have smart phones with 3G access? or Facebook and Twitter apps? Imagine a world without any of that, what would you do with yourself?
For me, this world without an Internet connection would be a very hard thing to deal with. N recently pointed out that I spend a great deal of time in the evenings glued to my phone. And that it isn't very nice. So I've had to adjust that aspect of my behaviour and become more present when I'm with my family. I think a world without blogging would free up a great deal of time. Time that I could spend reading. Or spending time with family and friends. I sometimes think it'd be lovely to spend more time outdoors, but I always think to myself that somehow I don't 'have time' to do it.
I think without the distractions of Twitter or Tumblr and without the huge time-constraints that blogging places on my life, I'd have a great deal of time to do more creative things. I've always wanted to learn another foreign language, or how to knit. I'd love to spend more time creating crafty things. It's an interesting idea and one that I'm keen to act on.
If you lived in a world without the Internet, what would you do with yourself?