The Internet has become a part of our life so much that we can’t live without it. Information from every corner of the planet is at our fingertips and the abundance of utility that it hosts have transcended the world we live in, to a place that nobody would have believed would exist a decade ago.
And with the good, came the bad. Missing the latest tweets of a celebrity would mean the end of our social status, and more often than not, our self-esteem has balanced itself on a pinpoint of how many likes our latest picture on Instagram or Facebook could get. What would we do without the internet? Stare at the wall for a while, I guess? Or cry till it comes back.
But one needn’t necessarily occupy himself/herself with the internet to kill time. Life existed before the internet, and life was just as beautiful. And if you’re still reading this article, you’re probably hoping to get that life back. So here’s how you can do it.
READ A BOOK
“Books and I don’t get along”, “there are so many pages”, “there are no pictures”. Yes, we know your college textbooks have left you traumatised, but novels and comic books are different. Promise! The stories they hold will keep your mind hooked once you give it a try and after you finish a book, you’ll soon find yourself craving for more. Books are great friends and they help you improve your vocabulary, your imagination, and your knowledge.
TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS/HOUSEMATES
Chances are, you’ll find them helplessly roaming about just like you when the internet is down. And grab the opportunity to discuss your mutual heartache at the loss of internet and help yourself with a new friend that might lead to a long lasting relationship.
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
Why stare at the walls when you can stare at the food in a new restaurant? Go outside, walk, run, ride a bike. The world outside has so much to offer than your friend’s Snapchat story. Check out new restaurants, museums, animal shelters, watch a play, find new places, new paani puri stalls. Carpe Diem, my friend! The world beckons!
Take a look at those extra flabs. Not really glad, are you? And with the internet out of the way, do a bunch of push-ups, maybe go for a run around the neighbourhood. Your body needs you just as much as your brain craves social media. And giving your body some attention will definitely help someone else’s attention fall on you *wink*.
PLAY SPORTS OR SOME BOARD GAMES
Remember those times when you played snakes and ladders, monopoly, Uno, Ludo, chess and what not! Bring back the old times and get your friends with some pizza, and you’re bound to have a new story to share once the internet is back. And if you’re feeling a little outdoors-y, get that adrenaline kicking with good old gully cricket or some football.
Make your mother proud and cook something that is not Maggi. Everybody loves a chef, and once your culinary skills improve, you’re in for a treat (pun intended). With some delicious food and loads of time on hand to make it look and taste good, your Instagram account can finally get active. #MasterChef
PERSONALISE YOUR ROOM
Clean that messy cave, throw away the old pizza crusts and move your bed around. Arrange your clothes, your game collection, your books. Make your hideout more inviting, and if you dislike the human company, keep the place clean so you can make it dirtier once the internet is back. It is always good to restart.
CATCH UP ON THE LATEST MOVIE
Take a break from the torrents and watch a movie from a movie theatre once in a while. Yes, it is expensive to go all the way and spend cash when the internet holds other options. But it does feel great to watch a movie on the big screen, munching on some popcorn and sipping coke.
Congratulations! Now you know a few ways to kill time when the the connection dies out. So cheer up when those dark times hit, because fun does not equate to internet.