In these days of forced imprisonment, the web has played an important part both in the world of work and for holding school lessons, and for private reasons. But what if all of this wasn’t possible? What if we were forced to stay at home but without having the internet? There has already been a slowdown in sites due to an overload of connected users. Zuckerberg also complained about his Whatsapp too crowded with people who, to spend time in company, make video calls continuously risking server crashes and for this reason he has reduced the videos and clips by only 30 seconds. So even if you think that everything that is accessible now, even certain paid resources that are now free, may not be tomorrow, if a situation like this happens again. If so, how would you keep adults and children who are now addicted to the web busy? Those who read and love books or have hobbies that can be done at home have an advantage because they already have everything at their fingertips. On the other hand, those who have only physical activity as a hobby, such as jogging which has been banned, or other sports, will be in total crisis. Even youtubers and videogamers could panic at a similar idea of ​​having to live without the internet and yet after what happened we have to think that anything can happen. Who could have imagined, for example, that we had to remain all this time shut up at home? In fact, some went straight into the ball because if you break the routine of work you find yourself getting bored after a short time, especially if you base your life only on work. Others who had children at home every day had problems managing them all together and without the support of someone experienced who could tell them how to play with their children. So, although I hope it never happens, we should also think about this extreme case and try to understand what we might like that is not part of the web so that we can be prepared at any time.
Living without the internet is possible, we are taught every day by the elderly, who still rely on analogue methods to find solutions to problems. The question, however, is addressed to those who answer and therefore to me, and honestly I feel like answering NO. But there is a whole clarification to be made. Today my world is constantly connected and interconnected to the internet. My work itself, for example, is addicted to the internet and everything I do, I do it by supporting myself with the internet. Trivial example: let’s treat ourselves to a pleasure trip! Imagine how difficult it would be even just to book the plane, reach the airport, reach the hotel, visit the city without the support of one of the many dedicated applications. And other trivial examples come to mind: making a cake (I’m incapable of cooking), building something by myself, learning more about a news, knowing restaurants in the area, knowing the specifics of a computer .. etc etc.
There are people who still resist all this: they do not have a Facebook, Whatsapp or other profile, but they are few, even if stubborn, to resist the lure of social media and the like. They made exclusion a choice: few to make up the numbers, many to show the quality of their intentions. Self-exclusion from the virtual is rightly an ability, choosing to value one’s intimacy, giving it modesty. Even though they are an unrepresentative minority, they remember that today’s necessities are yesterday’s superfluous. Social media raze the expression “for a few close friends”, but the few close friends are a multitude now. The web cannot be controlled, any intention to do so is illusory once it has been accessed. One of the purposes for which the virtual exists is that of not being able to control it, but to be controlled by it. Everything is easier, everything is more within reach and a click away, but you pay a price and it has to do with freedom, of which the illusion remains powerful, but not the consistency. Just think you are free, don’t be. I am part of a generation that still lived its first 20 years without a mobile phone and without the internet, even if I almost struggle to remember how we lived when we met and organized ourselves without having to fix through messages, we found ourselves without problems in the usual places, the groups were not on Whatsapp, but on the street, at school, at home, in the parish, at a friend’s.

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