What I’m learning from Lent without 24/7 connectivity.
The Internet will soon get faster. HTTP, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol, is
the formatting and transmission system to call up sites on our browsers. It
was created in 1991 and last upgraded in 1999, back when the web was
transporting more text and fewer graphics. In a couple of weeks, HTTP/2 will
be published, speeding the process "by using new ways of transporting data
between the browser and server across the Internet."
I'm neither a technophile nor a technophobe, but as a Lenten practice this
year, I decided to restrict my Internet access. My husband changed our home
WiFi password, and I turned off the cellular data on my iPhone. Though I'd
still check email and social media most mornings off-site, for 40 days, I
would fast from fast.
In Christina Crook's new book, _The Joy of Missing Out__,_ she describes her
experiment of Internet fasting disconnecting entirely for 31 days and
chronicling the period with typewritten letters, which she mailed to a friend.
"Letters to a Luddite" became _The Joy of Missing Out, _where Crook argues not
for abandoning all things virtual, but for rethinking our digital ...