I had no idea it had got so bad. Honestly. A tweet here. An instagram post there. Plus a bit of blogging and emailing. I honestly thought it was habitual rather than a necessity.
Until I found myself in a position where I didn’t have it.
On arrival into La Tania, where I was based for a few days before heading into Meribel, I immediately tapped into the wifi – that’s just normal, right? And then it was fine. I was using my twitter, instagram etc as normal. Writing posts. Scheduling things. Easy Peasy. No Problem.
However, when I arrived at my little flat in Meribel, it wasn’t that easy. As in, there was nothing I could log into. Nothing to connect my little world to. No way of connecting to the internet and using all these things I have become so accustomed to. No way of contacting the people I’d met so far in the village (my french sim card hasn’t arrived yet) and no way of contacting friends and family at home (unless my phone suddenly decided to give me free international calls!)
No way, except to stand outside, or sit on an upturned box, wearing ALL THE LAYERS, in the heavy snow and negative degree temperature (-8C today!) and link up to the chalet next door.
This is the point where any normal person would say, ok, fair enough, it can wait a few days until the problem gets fixed. I, however, found myself just 40 minutes later, trying to stop my fingers going blue as I sat and typed on my mac, sitting on a box, getting snowed on….
In the films, they always ask, “when did you first think you may have a problem?”….this was that moment. Sitting shivering and covered in snow, macbook on my lap, iPhone in my hand, desperately getting my internet fix all at the same time until the next time I could bear to sit outside on that chilly box again.
When our internet finally was fixed on Thursday evening, I honestly could have cried. Getting a connection back to the world was almost overwhelming. It makes you feel completely detached and isolated to not be connected in this way we have become so accustomed to. It was isolating and a little bit lonely, plus, the fact that I’d just moved to a different country for 5 months, so I was already going to be feeling a little on edge!
I wanted to Tweet, and to Instagram. I wanted to FaceTime and WhatsApp. I wanted to scroll through BlogLovin and lust over things on Pinterest. I wanted to blog whilst sat on my bed in the warm. I wanted to schedule tweets and posts with a cup of tea in hand and a pillow under my backside.
I run a blog on the internet . I’m working on this internet-based blog, abroad. I’m writing about the adventures I’m going to be getting up to out here on my internet-based blog…..and for several days this week, I was doing all of this without any non-outside-in-the-snow internet!
I was being forced to go cold turkey (emphasis on the “cold”!) and I really didn’t like it!
Thank goodness it’s all sorted now, I’m not sure how much longer I would have lasted whilst maintaining some kind of pleasant and positive attitude!
Hi, My name is Rosie, and I’m definitely an internet addict.
Lucy PNovember 28, 2015 at 9:11 am
It's interesting what we find out about ourselves when we're forced into these situations 🙂 I always think I'd be fine but then I accidentally leave my phone at home for the day and I'm practically crawling up the walls! xxx
Lucy @ La Lingua Italy
AyushiNovember 28, 2015 at 9:56 am
I was almost too scared to read this post as I had a feeling that it would hit very close to home! I'm considering trying a "digital detox" at some point, just to see how long I would last… x
Josie BrownleeNovember 28, 2015 at 11:07 am
I so agree. I never really realise how dependant I am on technology (particularly the internet and my phone) until it goes. Almost everything I do is on the internet, work, relaxation, contacting people – it's terrible. I definitely need a bit of a detox or something. I reckon this trip will be good for you to try and do something not internet related!
JosieVictoriaa // josievictoriaa.blogspot.co.uk // Lifestlye, Travel and Fashion
ReneeNovember 28, 2015 at 12:59 pm
I think I could probably manage without the internet for a little while ( I think! haha) But in your case I think I would definitely be freaking out though! So far away from home not able to contact anyone! Glad your internet is fixed 🙂
Renee | Lose The Road
ReneeandLifeNovember 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm
I love that this was so honest. As bloggers we rely on the internet more than we realise
Emyii RankinNovember 29, 2015 at 12:56 am
Me too, if im not on my laptop then im on my kindle and if not on that then im on my phone and im constantly charging everything =]