Off the Grid

The Internet is best used in spurts. You really only need it a few times a day, to social network, to answer emails, to publish blog posts, and to search.
But the Internet is like water. We consume it more than we need to. It’s an escape goat for boredom.

At the same time, the Internet is indispensable. You can’t live without it in the United States since so many people depend on it to communicate. BUT you can get away without needing the Internet in some parts of the world like the small Turkish town I’m in now. Most people here just call and text each other. Ideally, they converse face to face. It’s where we were nearly a decade ago.

The digital divide will inevitably narrow. The Turks here will have access to the same ubiquitous high speed Internet we do in a couple years. And someday they’ll too fight the urge to disconnect.

The Internet is an amazing tool, the new railroad. But this trip once again reminds me that everything is best used in moderation.

We don’t need the Internet as an excuse to get stuff done. We should just make an effort to turn it off like a faucet and live in the moment every once in a while.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.