Almost 4.66 billion people were active internet users as of October 2020, encompassing 59 percent of the global population.Statista
Since 1990 when the World Wide Web was invented, the internet has developed into a daily necessity for many of us. The idea of living without it is somewhat unthinkable for some. It has made life easier, we can communicate, research, read, translate, staying in contact, watch films, do shopping and so much more, with just a click of a button. However, there are major downsides to the internet. It has become an addiction and has isolated us from the world around us. Cyber-bullying. Spam. Violence. Identity Theft. The list goes on.
Internet Free Day was created to encourage us to break free of the isolation. Instead of staring at your phone at dinner, converse with your family. Enjoy a nice walk in nature. Experience the world without being glued to the internet. What can you get done, on a internet free day? Avoid using the internet all day! Including TV, phone, computer, tablet, etc.
Internet Free Day occurs on the last Sunday of January every year, which is today. However this is the same day as Leprosy Day, therefore I decided to do Internet Free Day yesterday. I was surprised that I managed to convince 2 out of 3 of my housemates to join me. The day before, one housemate called her family to let them know that she wouldn’t be using her phone and their response was “why would you want to do that?”.
Every morning when I wake up at 6am the first thing I do is turn on my laptop… Instead I went to the kitchen for a coffee and decided to make Pierogi Ruskie, which is a delicious polish dumping. They tend to take a good portion of the day so I don’t often make them. I also made a vegetarian Scouse, which is a stew (usually with beef or lamb) that is traditionally eaten in Liverpool, my home city! It was yummy, however there is nothing like homely taste of mum’s cooking. My housemates and I spent many hours playing games, which was really nice as we never do this, mainly because everyone is either “busy” or their attention is taken by their phone. We played Scrabble, Dobble and Monopoly. I also made more bookmarks for MentalCarePackages and painted my nails.
Internet Free Day was really good for all of us, it allowed us to be present for the people around us. It didn’t all go so easy, each of us had an small individual struggle with not using the internet, for me it was using Alexa for music. We felt the benefit some much that at the end of the day, the 3 of us were talking about having internet free days more often.
If you didn’t join me yesterday, pick a day and do some amazing things without the internet, so simply be present.
Have a nice day!