Have you ever felt constrained by the speed of your wireless? Wifi is great when it works as quickly as you want it to and these days it needs to be fast and reliable not only for browsing, but also to keep up with our social networks, listen to music, stream HD content, and play online games. These days most of us have fast unlimited internet at home that we maybe think about when we pay the bill but otherwise take for granted, not fully appreciating it until it doesn’t work or it hampers our productivity by working at the speed of a snail like it does when I visit my in-laws.
I love visiting my in-laws whose house in the country is the ideal weekend getaway. Set back from the road, their property is set in the middle of a cow field full of gorgeous Red Angus cattle and features a natural spring, pond with a rope swing, canoe, and dock where our kids can play all day, and is like going back in time. Especially when you try to use the internet.
Their internet used to be considered acceptable. Recently it’s become downright pitiful. In fact, my internet in Haiti was faster than the internet at their house!
It’s impossible for me to write a blog post that doesn’t take me hours. I can write the post in WordPress but any pretty pictures that need to be uploaded to PicMonkey and edited take forever. If I want to check to see what my friends are up to on Facebook, it’s far faster for me to call them on the phone. The time it takes my mail to download, I could probably bake a whole batch of cookies!
Every time I visit my inlaws and attempt to work, I can’t wait to be back home where my internet is fast and I’m never frustrated by the tasks I do on a daily basis but it does make me think about constraints that we face because of the speed of our internet. Can you imagine downloading part of an email message in 5 minutes, sometimes being able to connect to your social networks, or not being able to stream your favorite content on your device? Neither can I.
We’re all so used to fast, unlimited internet that I think we’d revolt if we had to revert back to speeds at my in-laws house. Or we’d just learn to unplug a little bit more!
This post was sponsored by Jiva. Click here for unlimited internet. All opinions are my own and based on the personal pain caused by using the internet while visiting my in-laws.