Posted by: hannakd | May 31, 2011

Life Without Internet

This past weekend I journeyed to the Washington Gorge for the Sasquatch music festival. It consisted of four days of great music and an eclectic group of music enthusiasts. However, the Gorge is in the middle of nowhere. All you can see for miles are mountains, buttes, the river, and anything but civilization, aside from the hoards of people attending the festival. I, being a loyal Verizon costumer, had amazing service on my cell phone. I could continue to tweet about my Sasquatch experience, text my parents to let them know I was still alive, check-in on Foursquare to the numerous stages and booths,  and occasionally check my Facebook to see whose birthday it was. However, one of my friends was not as fortunate as I was. She, a loyal at&t customer, had no service, she could not check-in on Foursquare, she could not tweet things about Sasquatch, and she could not check her Facebook. She felt detached from the world. This made me really realize how dependent we, as in my generation, have become on our technology. Every time that myself and our other Verizon users checked-in to “Sasquatch Music Festival” or “Tent City”, we could sense our at&t friend cringing at every point she was losing and we were gaining. This weekend really made me wonder if there will ever be a time when we are less dependent on our technology, will we ever be able to function without our phones and computers and ultimately will we ever feel comfortable not having those pieces of technology in our lives?

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