Living Without Internet At Home: How It Will Improve Your Life
Have you ever thought about living without internet at home? I can hear the chorus of screams as I type out that sentence.
It may seem like an impossible feat but here’s the truth dear reader: living without wifi at home is doable and not a prison sentence of any kind.
In fact- it can actually improve your life!
Did you know that the world wide web is only 30 years old? Our parents, their parents, and most of humanity has survived without the internet and if you’re reading this, you probably want to know how to do it too.
So, how to survive without internet at home, you ask? Let’s have a look.
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Living Without Internet at Home: Why Should You Do It?
Before we get into the benefits of living without internet at home, I first want you to consider these statistics:
- The average millennial spends approximately 3 hours on social media every day.
- On average we pick up our phone 58 times a day.
- 79% of us check Facebook within 15 minutes of waking up.
- Studies have also indicated that many people check their devices every 6.5 minutes.
More than that, our need to remain connected means that nearly half of the people who own smartphones sleep with their phone next to their bed because they are afraid of “missing something.”
The fact of the matter is, the more connected we are to the net, the more we’re disconnecting from reality.
Cutting Wi-fi from your home doesn’t mean you’ll be dying of boredom, in fact, there are plenty of benefits to living with no internet at home.
Benefits of Living Without Internet At Home
Are you ready to cut unplug and go wireless? You’ll be surprised at how much a person stands to gain from cutting the invisible chord and disconnecting.
1.You Can Save Money
How much do you spend on the internet for a month?
The average cost for internet at home can cost anywhere from $60 for an okay internet connection or $100 for super high-speed internet.
That’s about $720-$1200 a year, you could be putting into your piggy bank.
2.You are More Present
The best thing about living without wifi at home is that you have to find other things to do. It forces you to be in the present and explore a world beyond the screen.
3.Get Can Get More Done
Think about it, all those hours spent watching cat videos (although very cute) are not necessary.
Whatever time you spent scrolling aimlessly through the web can now be utilized more effectively.
Suddenly, you have time for all those house chores you were putting off. That assignment that was due get’s done faster without all the distraction and procrastination.
Living without internet at home means that you’re able to focus on a task without your attention being diverted to your phone when you get a notification.
You are in control of your time, instead of wifi being in control of your time.
4.You Can Be More Organized
You benefit by restricting your use of Wi-fi because it forces you to be more organized. No longer do you have the luxury of 24/hour access to the internet, instead, you’ll have to plan your time accordingly when you do have access to an internet connection.
5.You Can Relax Better
Disconnecting from the internet can mean less stress. We all get a little impatient when someone doesn’t reply in the next millisecond.
How often are we wrapped up in a task and then get pulled away from it by our phones? This then causes us to waste time, leading to less time for said task and somewhat of a panicky and stressful race to get things done.
Unplugging can help you:
- Be more focused
- Have less stress
- Have clearer and less fragmented thoughts
- Prioritize important things
And you have one less bill to pay at the end of the month.
But “what if I work from home? I can’t possibly do it without the internet”
Solution: We live in a world where Wi-fi is readily available in almost every public space. Why not switch it up and work in a cafe, the library, or your university if you’re a student?
Before you go off canceling home internet, let’s have a look at how you can survive living without internet at home.
Living Without Internet at Home: Is it Possible?
“I’m a student, I need the internet to study,” “I’m a blogger, I need to surf the web to research posts,” “I can’t miss Beyonce’s album drop,” whatever the excuse, there’s always a way to do what you need to do without having internet at home.
Living with no internet is indeed a possibility and a reality for many.
We’re pretty lucky to have limitless internet connection and if you’re thinking of living with no internet at home, I’m going to show you how to survive without wifi.
Plan your Time
You can absolutely work from home without the internet, but you need to plan your time accordingly. I recommend compiling a list of activities that require Wi-Fi and getting those done when you have access to the internet.
Get internet elsewhere
Because it is 2020, we are spoiled with Wi-fi wherever we go, sometimes it’s free and sometimes it comes with a price.
If you’re a university student, you can get free Wi-fi on campus. There are plenty of co-working places that have internet, cafes, libraries, and restaurants that have free Wi-fi.
Alternatively, use your mobile internet as a hotspot. This way if something pressing needs to be addressed, you can do it but you’re limited to a certain amount of internet.
Take Advantage of Downloadable Resources
Take advantage of downloadable resources and even videos. If you want to watch a movie, download it via Youtube or Netflix to watch later on when you’re offline.
I do this for plane rides all the time!
If there’s an article you need to read, keep the tab open or screenshot the article.
Do a Test Run First
Not sure if living without the internet is for you? Don’t go tossing your router out the window just yet.
For one, littering is rude and secondly, you can always do a trial run.
Embark on a trial month; unplug your router and store it somewhere hard to reach.
Better yet, get it out of the house, leave it at work, give it to your mom to lock away, bury it in the garden, whatever you need to do to get it out of the house for a month -as long as you don’t have access to it.
You will be frustrated at first— I’m not going to lie, very, very frustrated —but you will live, and newsflash, your life will be better without it.
What can I do if I don’t have internet at home?
Forget about, “how to live without internet at home,” Can you live without internet in general?
Why yes, you can. Living without the internet opens up more time to do a plethora of things. If you’re wondering what you can do at home without internet, here’s a list of activities just for you:
Books, books, books! Remember the encyclopedia? Or novels?
Why not pick up a book, something you’ve been itching to read but never made the time for or get a book about your city and find new spots you never knew existed.
Learn something new
Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet, or build something?
I found that by disconnecting, the time I spent on the internet was used more effectively as I learned how to do things I’ve always wanted to learn.
Here is how you can take advantage of your creative skills and make money from them.
Pick up a new language
This is a great time to buy a book and learn a new language with all your new-found time. Bonus points if you find a book that has language activities and tests in it.
Do puzzles or a sudoku
I love puzzles and I can spend hours trying to piece one together.
You can even pick up a copy of a newspaper and do crossword puzzles, sudoku or any activity on the entertainment page. Don’t miss out on the comics -I love those.
Play board games or card games
Uno, Monopoly, Rummikub, Scrabble, Cluedo, Pictionary, anything you like.
This way you spend time with your loved ones and there’s something about these games that are nostalgic. What better way to spend an evening than being glued to a screen?
Learn new recipes
Become a chef or a master baker -challenge yourself to learn a new recipe and explore the world by cooking and sampling various cuisines.
You don’t have to be creative to do this, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no?
Buy a canvas, get some paintbrushes, tubes of paint and start creating your masterpiece. If you don’t like painting, try crayons or colored pencils.
Buy some air dry clay and make your own pottery. Re-enact that scene from Ghost if you like 🙂
I love gardening and seeing things grow, why not take this time to learn about horticulture and grow your own food?
Here is how you can grow herbs indoors.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword. You could use this time to delve into your inner thoughts and put pen to paper.
Ps; If you want to become a freelance writer, I took this course which helped train me up and earn from my writing skills!
Also, here are some useful articles to help you with writing.
Go for a walk
Without the internet, you’re less likely to stay cooped up in the house.
Why not go for a walk in your neighborhood? Find a forest and explore nature or take some time to get lost in your city and find new things to do.
Meditation is a great way to utilize your time and it brings a lot of peace. You can spend 15-20 minutes daily meditating without distraction now that you don’t have internet at home.
Stay in and stretch those legs! Do some yoga or dancercise.
Maybe even pick up a new sport -you could skateboard, rollerblade, play basketball, badminton, anything your heart desires.
Connect with friends
It’s ironic how disconnecting can actually lead to a deeper connection. Social media can be deceiving, pick up the phone, and connect with someone -hear them out.
You’ll find that you may have more genuine conversations without since you’ve eliminated browsing through social media and seeing what your friends are up to.
Buy some DVDs
I don’t watch a lot of TV but if you do and you want to pass the time, you could buy or rent DVDs to watch.
Arts and Crafts
I’m all for getting crafty. Growing up, I had this book with 101 crafts (the ultimate old school DIY projects) and I absolutely loved creating new things every day.
A lot of them were for decoration but there are a plethora of books out there with useful DIY projects you can make yourself.
Watch the Videos you Downloaded
If you downloaded videos while you had access to the internet, you could pass the time by watching those.
Want to combine watching those videos and doing arts and crafts? I one time built a fort, made a projector out of a box and a magnifying glass, and had an awesome time watching a classic.
I usually clean when I have the time, if I’m bored, or I’m procrastinating.
Since I’m often at home, my house is cleaner a lot of the time.
Go to bed early
This is probably my favorite thing to do and without all those pesky WhatsApp messages being the cause of distraction or aimless scrolling through social media, you can get to bed earlier.
Sleep can have a huge positive impact on your health and well being. I know when I am tired, I am more likely to get sick and feel down.
Maybe you started out reading this article thinking living without internet at home was impossible but I say, don’t knock it till you try it. This doesn’t mean I’m asking you to toss your wireless routers out the window. We covered that that is considered littering and quite rude.
The internet is a great tool and is not an evil thing. Lots of people upskill and better themselves with the internet but our society has grown accustomed to limitless wifi and that’s taken away some important things from us. So give it a test run, try unplugging and living without internet at home.