I saw the above meme on Facebook and I chuckled to myself, no internet, cell phone or tv? When did luxury entertainment items become necessity?
I would be more concerned with how people would deal with lack of electricity, no running water (it only said water which could be from the stream or a hand pump), no hot water, no flush toilets, keeping a fire going to heat the cabin, cooking with fire, lack of refrigeration, doing laundry by hand, and protection from nature be it wild animals or elements.
This notion that going without electronic devices is such a hardship that people are actually trying to decide if they could do without trivial items and services for a month in return for substantial cash prize seems ludicrous to me and honestly a little frightening.
I have not had cable tv for eight months and honestly I have only had cable for a small number of years over my whole lifetime. When I was growing up we had a black and white tv/radio with rabbit ears. I have always prefered to play outside rather than plunking down to watch the tube.
I did not get my first home computer until I was in college and I did not get internet until I moved out on my own. I admit I love the convenience of internet and it is my luxury of choice. Do I need it? No. Infact I have been weaning off social networks because I do not like the dependency that is created by them. Did you know if you do not log into Facebook for about a week it emails you to tell you what you are missing out on? CREEPY.
As for cell phones, I had one for a couple years, it beeped and bonged and doinked a lot. I don’t really know what it wanted but I found the little electronic very demanding. I also find it rude in most situations to use a cell phone in, I mean do you really need to talk while grocery shopping or dining or driving or walking? When I go out I want to socialize in person, not electronically. I will admit that having a cell phone is great for emergencies. If there is trouble, it is nice to be able to call for help.
So on one hand you have people who are unsure if they could unplug for a month. On the other hand you have people who think that off grid living would be sublime. How romantic the notion of a wee cabin in the woods would be! Forget the month and settle in for a lifetime of self sufficiency. Grow your own food, hunt, fish. No more bills coming in the mail, heck you are so remote you don’t even get mail service. But with the new found freedom come great responsibility and a need for skills you may or may not already have.
If you did not have running water, who would you get it to your house?
If you did not have a flush toilet, how would you deal with pee and poo?
How would you cope with garbage disposal?
Could you survive without electricity? If so how would you deal with things like refrigeration?
How would you cook?
How good are you at starting fires AND chopping and storing wood?
How would you store larder items to last a long time?
I mean the list goes on and on.
As with everything I say start now. If you think off grid living would be spectacular, start where you are. Just because you have utilities, you do not have to use them. Find alternative methods to do the things you normally do around the house. Learn the skills you need to not only survive but thrive. You don’t need to have the cabin in the woods to start your homesteading journey. Begin right where you are whether it is in a condo or a house, a mobile or a tent. Find what makes you happy and do it.
If you are the type that is dependant on technology, ask yourself why. Maybe you might find that turning off the device once in awhile could lead to a fun adventure of its own!