Day without the Internet

Day without the Internet

Ilya Kharlamov

World No Internet Day is a young international holiday that emerged in the 21st century. It is not recognized by everyone: millions of web users are not able to part with it even for a day.
International day without the Internet: when is celebrated and who celebrates
The date of World No Internet Day is the last Sunday of January. In 2022, it falls on January 30th. Any Internet user, regardless of their country of residence, has a great opportunity to escape from their favorite entertainment and work tool and devote time to friends, family, books, sports, abandoned hobbies. The main thing is that without smartphones and computers with Internet access. The holiday is addressed to all the inhabitants of the planet who know how to use modern technology. However, this is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. Studies show that a third of Russians are ready to give up alcohol for access to the World Wide Web, one in four is ready to give up sweets, and 7 percent are ready to give up sex. This is the other side of the global information mechanism, which in many cases is used to waste time on unproductive surfing. The holiday is celebrated by activists of public associations and communities, as well as ordinary users. But employees of numerous Internet companies can celebrate this date mostly informally: they must provide the inhabitants of the planet with uninterrupted access to a high-quality “virtual realm of unlimited possibilities.”
history of the holiday
When, where exactly and under what circumstances the idea to celebrate the World Day without the Internet arose is not known for certain. Experts, however, agree that the initiative to temporarily abandon the Web arose in Western countries shortly before the mass distribution and popularization of social networks. It is possible that it acquired some shape within the walls of the Institute of Social Inventions ( Great Britain ). Something similar has existed for many years – the international Earth Hour, held by the World Wildlife Fund ( WWF). At the end of March, a huge number of organizations and people around the world turn off the light not for a day, but just for an hour to increase interest in environmental and climate issues. World No Internet Day can also be considered a kind of environmental action. True, with a significant difference: it is aimed at a person and the development of his ability, at least for a while, to abandon the main modern habit, which often distracts from real life and live communication.
According to another version, one of the Western non-commercial online projects came up with the concept of the holiday. Be that as it may, but the idea of abandoning the Internet has gained popularity in the new millennium. Its apologists have advocated and continue to advocate a temporary moratorium on virtual communication and network surfing, while not denying the Internet itself. They only focus on the traditional ways of leisure and interaction between people. By the way, the holiday is especially popular in the post-Soviet space. You need to prepare for it in advance. For example, on this day (recall, Sunday), turn off online services and work email, and warn colleagues and superiors that the employee will be available only by phone. And you also need to think over a plan of action so that there is no temptation to plunge into the same social networks. This is very relevant:Russia and other countries spends on the global web from 3 hours daily.
Holiday traditions
During the World No Internet Day, activists and enthusiasts congratulate each other, arrange a variety of educational events, promoting a balanced approach to life between online and offline. They talk about the benefits of live communication, the pros and cons of virtual interaction with the outside world.
The press covers these events, publishes thematic materials and broadcasts programs about how the Internet has changed humanity. The most active supporters of the holiday arrange flash mobs, trying to find new like-minded people and expand the geography and traditions of the holiday. Among these traditions are charity events, the organizers of which raise money for new projects. Conferences, seminars and round tables on the development of the Network are also held. Including with the involvement of scientists, they talk about dependence on the Internet. Those who have been celebrating World Day without the Internet for several years now have formed their own traditions: traveling with friends or family, going to entertainment or cultural events, feasts and tea parties, reading books and playing outdoor sports, board games, listening favorite music and watching movies. Finally, street dating, which almost went down in history with the development of related services. In addition, users, in a sense, have time to miss the Internet, which makes returning to it especially pleasant. reading books and doing outdoor sports, board games, listening to your favorite music and watching movies. Finally, street dating, which almost went down in history with the development of related services. In addition, users, in a sense, have time to miss the Internet, which makes returning to it especially pleasant. reading books and doing outdoor sports, board games, listening to your favorite music and watching movies. Finally, street dating, which almost went down in history with the development of related services. In addition, users, in a sense, have time to miss the Internet, which makes returning to it especially pleasant.
Pros and cons of the emergence of the Internet in human life
The advantages of the World Wide Web include:

  • free access and ease of obtaining a wide variety of information;
    – availability of real-time communication through social networks and instant messengers. A person can find new friends and like-minded people;
  • the ability to diversify your leisure time by obtaining a variety of content;
    – convenience in interaction with government agencies and in the purchase of goods and services;
  • an alternative opportunity to receive additional education or retraining;
  • a set of online tools for job search.
    However, the Internet also has significant disadvantages. Here are some of them:
  • dependence, which is most pronounced in young people, which negatively affects their physical and psychological development, education and personality formation;
    – the often uncontrolled distribution of inaccurate, prohibited, extremist or pornographic content;
    – malware;
    – theft of personal data;
  • replacement of live communication with virtual, often leading to social self-isolation, profanity;
    – spam messages and low-quality time-consuming content;
  • lack of respect for interlocutors with the opportunity to hide under a nickname.
    Interesting Facts
  • the first computer mouse, which appeared in the early 1960s, was wooden;
    – e-mail appeared before the Internet;
  • the user of the Network blinks several times less than the norm;
  • in the Catholic Church there is an official patron of computers and the Internet – St. Isidore of Seville, who during his lifetime was a former encyclopedist;
    – Finland and Singapore are at the top of the internet accessibility rankings, while Russia is in the top 10 countries with the cheapest rates;
    The first electromechanical computer was invented in 1936 in Germany by engineer Konrad Zuse.

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