|Written by Holly22|
If you are reading this then you probably will not have to face this problem too soon,but there are people in the world who have not or cannot tap into technology. So, here are a list of ways to cope with either losing your computer or dealing with not having one.
Everyone has possibly used 'snail mail' at some point in their lives. The major positive that I can see with this is that this way is much more personal than e-mailing. A majority of people hand-write their letters, giving them their own personal touch, after-all, not many people are willing to waste the cost of a stamp with just a one sentence response,as most do in free e-mails.
But,e-mailing almost delivers your letters and what-not in an instant,while 'snail mailing' can take from a day to weeks,if not more.Plus,letters and packages have been either ruined,destroyed or lost in 'snail mail.'So,as long as you are willing to pay for the rising costs of stamps,risk losing your letters and packages,as well as waiting for them to be delivered,you could handle not having e-mail.
Replacing On-line Gaming:
On-line gaming is so popular that computer companies have made computers just for gaming!Yet,there are still groups of friends and families that get together to play the classic board games.Playing in offline can actually be much more rewarding and fun than playing on-line.Psychology suggests that the interaction with people offline can make people happier rather than playing on-line with someone that is more than a couple of miles away or even in another country.Yet,there is also a positive to playing games on-line,such as there are an array of games available to play on-line,many for free,that you cannot find offline!Also,playing with people you do not know on-line can bring upon friendships with different cultures and such.So,if you do not have a computer you can always get a group of friends or family members together to play that old Monopoly that is collecting dust in your closet.
Replacing Online Media:
There are so many places on-line that offer videos and even full length movies for viewers to watch for free.Yet,statistics show that movie theaters are still making great profits,and television ratings are still sky rocketing.The biggest negative about not having a computer to view such things is that on-line,almost everything is viewable instantly and for free.There is still hope,at least for the couch potatoes,if you can afford Tivo,you have a great companion that can help you to not miss any television show,whether it be live or not or even full-length movies on the movie channels.So,if you can afford Tivo,and the prices of admission to the movie theater every now and then,you should be okay without a computer,at least for this part.
Google can be an addictive search engine to most computer users,and to live without it can be hard at times,but guess what?You don't have to,even if you can't afford a computer!"There are these buildings that hold mass amounts of information that are called libraries."(Quoting 'Haunting in Connecticut') The majority of major libraries have computers that you can use for free!If not,all you usually have to have is a library card.If you are researching or needing to save pictures or what-not,you can always purchase a USB card/memory card from your local electronics store for reasonable prices.
You might not know it,but there are some famous authors that still use typewriters to write their books,including Stephen King!Some people prefer paper and pen,like me,but the problem I encounter is that my hand cramps up by the time I finish a few full-length pages.The most positive thing about writing offline is that you do not have to remember to press the dreaded 'save' button.Or even worry about losing all of your hard work because of a virus.
Yet,on-line writing,you can instantly send it where it needs to go or,like here,instantly publish it.Plus,the beautiful spellcheck exists on-line and not offline,unless you are willing to invest in a large dictionary.So,if you can afford typewriter ribbon,which,at times,can be hard to find,and a dictionary,you can make your own personal masterpiece offline.
Tips: Keep in mind,buying a computer can actually become a money-saver!