When I came home from work earlier this week, my husband was waiting for me to troubleshoot the internet connection. I’m the geek in the family so therefore get to take care of technology problems. Unfortunately, it was not something I could fix.
A call to AT&T confirmed the signal was not getting to our home. I suspected the truck that had been outside earlier in the day for a neighbor left us with unforeseen consequences. They couldn’t get someone out until the next day which meant no blogging for me.
My to-do list for that evening had a lot of tasks but all required an internet connection. Something that has only been in my home a dozen years has become an important tool. Here’s a glimpse at what we use it for each day.
Banking. I have written only 87 paper checks in the past three years thanks to online banking. Not only to we pay bills online but also move money from account to account at different institutions. I only go to a brick and mortar bank when someone sends ME a paper check.
Phone Book. Do you remember getting two phone books? One for the yellow pages and the other for the residential listings. Seems quaint now. We had to call someone to get them to look up the number for the AT&T support line.
Shopping. Why limit yourself to only the inventory in your local stores? Instead of spending hours running from store to store trying to find the perfect holiday dress, I spent 30 minutes online and found it at a site that was new to me.
Watch TV. You don’t need a television to watch the programming. You can watch network and cable shows online. We used to drive to video stores to rent movies, now all we can just rent it online from Amazon or iTunes and view it on a computer.
Communicate. I can’t remember the last time I sent a letter to a friend or family member. In fact, if it wasn’t for online chat, email and texting I would almost never hear from my kids! There is still a place for hand-written letters and cards, but not on a daily basis.
Then the ability to keep up with extended family on Facebook has been wonderful. Would you really know what’s going on in the lives of your cousins, nieces and nephews without it?
Blog. Instead of collecting frogs or elephants like other family members, I write and publish it for anyone who finds it of value to read. It’s my hobby and a pretty good one too since it actually generates income instead of costing me money.
Don’t get me wrong, I like getting unconnected during vacations but those times are planned. Instead of running out to a fast food restaurant with free WiFi, I took and breath and decided to make the best of it. It wasn’t bad but thankfully the outage was only 16 hours.
What other daily tasks of yours use the internet?
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