So I've been without the internet at home now for 5 weeks, due to O2 (UK ISP)'s incompetence.
The extra thinking time I've had due to a lack of NS has made me see how dependent I am, and I'm sure most of us are, on the internet. I've been unable to communicate with people due to no FB, I'm totally out of the loop skiing-wise, I've been unable to download articles and problem sets for university work. The moment of realisation really came when I found myself walking to McDonalds, 30 minutes away from my house at 3am on a Tuesday morning, to use their WiFi.
I guess the moral of the story is, don't take the internet for granted. Truthfully, I just wanted to post a thread after 5 weeks of absence.
On a serious note, the longest I've gone without the Internet since 2001 was two weeks, just a while back. I kind of did it for a reason, went to my summerhouse to get shit done and my mind off things after a break-up. After the first two days of chopping wood and getting my raking and hammering on I didn't even miss it.
The day I got back though, I was glued to the screen for like 8 hours straight. The amount of updates on every site I visit...a terrifying thought to go through it all and it was an information overflow to say the least. And that Facebook message sound after a fortnight's absence...