Alternative titles for this post: When a computer security specialist marries a dread headed hippie and they have to make a decision
I'm willing to bet that anyone reading this post has an internet connection at their home, because that's simply normal. Maybe these thoughts aren't relevant to you - or maybe they are. Maybe we've had these same thoughts, and it's so comforting to know you aren't alone. Is that reason enough to justify an entire post about whether or not to get internet at our house? I hope so. ;)
The entire internet vs. no internet debate started when we moved from our downtown townhouse to the little house we're in now, sometime around the end of last month. Our soon-to-be landlord told us there were several internet providers in the area, which he knew because he had several choices when choosing a provider for his own home which is less than a mile from our house. Cool! Perfect house, check. Back yard, check. Internet, check. To make a long story short, we had something more like two options. One that costed a bajillion dollars and has a terrible reputation of actually ever working in this area, and one that costs a little less than what we were paying, but for 1/5th the speed. Now, I don't know a whole lot about speed or megabits per second or what any of that means, but Mr. Securing the Home Network and-while-you're-at-it-change-your-passwords (aka my husband) wasn't thrilled with the options. I may not know a lot, but I know what 1/5th the speed of the old internet means. It means it will take freaking forever for me to upload pictures. NO THANKS, I thought at first. But then - is slow, expensive internet really better than no internet at all?
With the options looking slim, I started thinking how life could go on without internet at home. I mean, less screen time is always the goal, right? More time together, less time sitting at the computer...and we always have access on our phones if we really NEEDED to do something ... it was all making a lot of sense to me. Things I would miss included Skype dates, blogging in my pajamas, and backing up pictures. No interwebs at home would make school trickier for sure, but being forced to get out of the house (coffee shops, Panera, etc.) to submit school projects is probably a good idea anyways because as soon as I'm finished with work, my "reasons to leave the house" list is shockingly small.
And at the end of the day, my crunchy hippie heart just connects with a back to the earth way of living.
I poured all of this out to Thomas last night over dinner. We sat at our tiny two person table with fresh pink tulips in their new (thrifted) vase, and I just thought-dumped all of this out. He listened and nodded and asked questions and made points. I pointed out that we've already been living without the 'webs for weeks.
Ultimately, we decided to get internet. And I feel good about our decision - because I'm sure a day is going to come where I say thank goodness we had internet today. Because it lets us have Netflix for movie night. Because it makes sense. Because it gives us options. And ultimately, because it's the base of so many of his hobbies. Games, writing, security competitions. The part that matters to me more than anything else is that we aren't doing it because it's convenient. We aren't just doing it because that's what you do. We thought, we talked, we made a decision. And at the end of the day, we're getting internet because I can live in a house with internet and pretend it's not there - but that doesn't work the other way around. Compromise in action, friends.
I'm really curious - would you consider giving up internet in your home?