Two Months Without Internet

Many today would ask, “Is it even possible to live without internet?” How about you? Would you survive 2 months without it? What would you do?

We traveled a lot this summer. Between visiting friends and churches, and with the month we spent down in our summer home, we were gone 2 months. And all of it internet free. 

  • First because it seemed rude to me to sit in our host home connected to internet, but not really connecting to them.
  • Secondly, we have no internet in our summer home, and the village has few WiFi spots. (But I had no urgent matters to attend to, anyway.)
  • And finally, after returning home, we experienced connection problems, extending the period even more.

I don’t believe I have ever actually been addicted to internet. But our summers away provide a good test. I find that the best way to diagnose internet addiction is by going without it.

And I’m please to report that I loved the time unplugged, especially our month at the summer home! It’s a place where even cell phone reception is sketchy. So we did miss keeping up with world news, and with friends and family in particular.

But it was GOOD to have a prolonged period of just doing Real Life.
  1. We went for long walks.
  2. We went out for ice cream.
  3. We read a lot.
  4. We studied our Bibles.
  5. We went out for pizza.
  6. We watched DVD’s.
  7. We talked, laughed, joked, or just sat together silently — enjoying one another’s company.
  8. We took long naps.
  9. We enjoyed attending church and fellowship with the brethren.
  10. We traveled to the Cilento National Park seacoast, and savored a picnic lunch.
  11. We joined the neighbors in the shared courtyard for a bit of homey chit chat.
  12. We learned more about Hubby’s family roots and history.
  13. We experienced the joy of having two groups of house guests in the summer home.
  14. We attended a few of local street festivals.
  15. I gave the summer home a thorough cleaning, and Hubby did some maintenance.
  16. We sat in the piazza with the locals, where we had a chance to share our faith.
  17. And for our last week there, we held Bible studies in the piazza — because the local people asked for them! (By the way, you can follow Our News on our missions blog, if you’d like.)

Every summer down at the summer home, in that village which seems almost surreal, I learn valuable lessons. Hubby and I use it as a kind of spiritual retreat. A time to reflect, ponder, and redirect.

But the main lesson I learned this year came through watching friends struggle over the lack of internet.

They only spent 2 nights with us. But not having access to social media, especially WhatsApp®, nearly drove them crazy!

They were visiting a new place they’d never been to before. In the midst of unspoiled nature, surrounded by breathtaking views. During a time of various street festivals. And yet, they spent a lot of time checking their phones for internet connection, frustrated when they weren’t picking up WiFi.

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It made me realize that they were not enjoying to the fullest those good times and special experiences, due to fear of missing messages on social media, usually over trivial matters.

And they seemed to think we were making a big sacrifice by going without internet for so long. But I couldn’t help but wonder: What were they sacrificing by not wanting to unplug for 2 days?

So what would you do with no internet for 2 months? What would you add to my list?

What are you missing out on, or not fully enjoying, because of internet?

[Image of internet devices by rawpixel via Pixabay.com; CC0]

Author: Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. Happily married over 40 years, living in Italy almost 30. Mom of two, and nonna to 9 grandkids. Missionary with a passion for God's Word and discipling others to to walk in his ways and give their all in devotion and consecration to him. For He alone is worthy of all.

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  1. As I’m sitting in this beautiful campground next to a gorgeous lake I’m agreeing with you whole heartedly! No channels on TV and spotty internet, we’ve enjoyed beautiful sunsets, long hikes, sitting around a fire pit tossing marshmellows and simply talking to each other. The simple life is truly the best – especially in God’s country/nature. ❤ Thanks for the follow and I will attempt to read more of yours when we return to "civilization." 🙂 Blessings back,

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    1. Thanks Ellie for your comment. It’s encouraging to know that others are also re-discovering the greatness of simple life, especially “real life” with less internet!! Enjoy your camping trip. Those are so special!!

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  2. I love your list of off-line activities. So many delights await when we turn away from our screens. Remember when they said computers and the internet would save us so much time? I haven’t seen that result. Instead, all our electronic devices seem to steal time away from us–if we’re not careful. Thank you, Sheila, for leading the way to wise oversight of our gadgets and active living in the present.

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    1. So true, Nancy. I never really thought about that before. But they are a one big excuse that people use to waste time, aren’t they? And we do miss so much out on so much.

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  3. Actually I would do most on your list and add in sewing/quilting and my volunteer work to that – that would be it. I have friends that are amazed when my phone rings I don’t answer it or check to see who texted me…I tell them, I am visiting with them and if it is important the caller will leave a message. that said, if I am expecting a call I usually let friends know, that is only because sometimes it could be work calling or when my son was in Afghanistan I was glued to my phone!! 🙂
    My children know how to get my attention via phone if it is an emergency, we have a system in place. I am finding out I do not need all these gadgets like I thought. There is a world out there waiting for me and I don’t plan on missing it because I need to be on facebook.

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    1. Wise words, Patty! It is so true that we miss a lot by constantly checking online stuff. I think we need to get rid of thinking that everything is urgent!

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    1. Thanks Karen for your comment. It was a reminder I needed too. I’m grateful that we can’t afford internet for our summer home. It helps keep me in touch with reality, and helps me remember to limit online time when we are home again too. I love blogging, but I don’t want to miss out on what’s all around me!!

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