First off let me say that I find it very annoying when people create words like “chocoholic” or “shopaholic”. What is chocohol? Shopahol? We have people who really like chocolate or shopping but do not understand word endings. With that said I have come to realize I am an internetoholic, or whatever you would call somebody addicted to the internet.
My home internet provider is in the process of switching all their services to 4G. That meant if we had stayed with the company we would have faster internet, but we would have a new data limit (my internetoholism makes that a problem) and the plan would become more expensive. customers had until July 14th to change to the new 4G plan or they would lose their service.
We intended to stay with the company until that date and then get a new provider who could offer cheaper unlimited internet. However at the start of June our company’s tower went down and we lost our service. When we called to see when it would come back I was told they weren’t going to fix it because they were switching all the equipment in six weeks anyway. That is some kind of BS. So then we called up another company and to make a long story short, we were led on, thinking our installation would be a long time ago, and then we didn’t hear from them until recently, when I was told it would be installed on Tuesday.
So I have been without internet for going on seven weeks now. I never would have guessed I was so accustomed to the internet. But now I know that I just about need internet, lots of it everyday. I have a few sites I check everyday; I love Cracked, which is where I learn most of the things I know, I check SI.com daily, it is my go to site for sports, and I check all the blogs in my blogroll. In addition to those I check my email, which often is fairly important. I do all my banking online, also very important. This blog has been a bit neglected during my internetless time. And then there were a few things that are actually necessities. Course selection for the upcoming school year is entirely online and of course came about while I did not have internet. Because of that I had to wake up an hour early and bring my laptop to the coffee shop in my town before work. And not having internet has cost me money, quite a bit of money for a student working a minimum wage job like me. Without the internet I have not been able to use Swag Bucks or Superpoints, such easy money that a monkey could do it. I also have a few more ways that I make money online that I obviously can’t do with no internet.
This time without internet has been trying in its own very small way. I know it is nothing to complain about but the internet has very much become a part of a “normal” lifestyle. I survived without it but the last month and a bit would have been a lot better with internet.
The only way this can be applied to students is that I can tell you that in my opinion, if you are getting internet service while you are living on your own, spring for the unlimited service or if that is unavailable, the highest data limit.
You probably do not realize how much you use internet in your free time, plus all the internet you need to use for school. Ideally you can find alternative solutions but in the case you can’t it is best to get as much internet as you can. Better to pay a little extra each month than paying overuse fees every month.