It has now been over an hour since I discovered that the Internet service is down. After having gone through the ritual of resetting the wireless adapter and restarting the router and a few other SOPs that I often do, as if I do it for a living, I finally call my service provider to check if they have done (or are doing something). And somehow I am not surprised today when the sane stable recorded voice tells me that there is an outage in my area and of course they are fixing it.
In the nearly two years that I have been with this service provider, this is only the second outage. I won’t be surprised; again, if I go back and check, and find that I am back online already.
And that is what made me write this – I am back online. Not the computer: I am.
When I heard about the outage, I confess, I was a bit lost. Some kind of blanking-out kind-of an experience. No, I didn’t have some thing very important to do that required me to access the Internet. It was already midnight. I might as well have gone to sleep. Yet, I became online by connecting through my phone and checked my email (funny that, because I get my mail directly on my phone anyway). I do have many things I need to do that don’t require the Internet.
I have books to read.
I have a few comps I need to work on.
I have a plane to build.
I have a room to clean.
I have ideas to flesh out.
I have dreams to chase.
I have a river bank to walk upon.
I have a camera I need to drive to the limits.
I have a phone and friends to wake up.
You might imagine that I don’t do these “offline” things. Not true. Yet, not being connected is a good reason to be flustered. Some things are just supposed to work. Whether you actually use them all the time is part two. The knowledge that you are plugged-in becomes more important than ever.
The concept begets the argument of how dependant or even addictive we (not you perhaps, but some of us) have become – at least as far as being connected is concerned. It seems to me that we now spend so much time in ensuring that we are connected – mobiles, instant messengers, social software networks – that we hardly find time to connect! Being connected is more about being plugged in rather than being connected. We build an entire ePresence for ourselves, and an Internet outage is almost an identity crisis of sorts.
Could you spend ten days without the mobile or the Internet?
That’s the longest I have; that was four years ago.
PS: this post was written offline!