Last week I managed to reach my phones data allowance. It is 2.5GB (which I thought was plenty!) but a few days away at a conference with intermittent Internet access was obviously enough to do it.
Initially I didn’t think this was a huge issue, but as I quickly found out, Internet access on phones has become a staple of everyday life.
My first inkling that this was going to prove a challenge came on the evening of day one. Yep, I didn’t even make it a day!
I was out with the kids on my way home and needed to pick up a script from the pharmacy. As it was nearly 5.30pm I thought it was best to check closing times. No problem. I pulled over and grabbed my phone.
Into Google I went to search for “Chemist Warehouse opening hours”.
I was greeted with the very helpful “Safari cannot open the page because your iPhone is not connected to the Internet”. Ooops.
Ok, no problem I’ll call them.
Hang on a sec, what’s the number? I’ll Google it… oh yeah, I can’t.
Ummm… ok, I’ll ask Siri… “Siri cannot connect to the internet right now”. Oh (hand meet head)!
Right, what’s that directory assistance number again…
After 5 minutes looking through my phone book for the non existent directory assistance number (that I can’t look up on Google as I have no internet!) I gave up and called my husband.
He promptly Googled “Chemist Warehouse opening hours” and had my answer in about 2.7 seconds. Closes 8pm. Just as well because it was now WELL after 5.30pm!
It has now been 6 days without Internet on my phone, and I’m struggling. I *may even have pulled into the Macca’s carpark to use their free Wi-Fi and check my email while out and about today. Yep, it’s getting desperate.
It has been quite an interesting experience. Firstly, I had no idea how often I use the Internet for everyday tasks. I use it for finding phone numbers, shopping hours, comparing prices, answering random puzzling questions that come to me at various points throughout the day and much more.
I also use it to stay organised and keep my business going while I am out and about. I check emails on the go, I work while kids nap in the car, and I reply to social media messages at various moments throughout the day. I’ve been shocked by how much more work I have to get through at the end of the day when I don’t have Internet and email access on my phone.
Technology has in many ways made life busier, but it has also brought so much flexibility to life. I wonder how much time used to be taken up by shop attendants answering phone calls about opening hours or locations? Over time these calls have become almost redundant due to Google and easy access in the palm of our hands.