Comment 19M Re: Having the option is great


The Solitude of the Internet


Having the option is great (Score: 2, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-04-29 23:32 (#19B)

I don't see anything wrong with making internet available at remote locations. People who want to get away just have to practice some self-restraint and keep all electronic devices powered off.

Re: Having the option is great (Score: 4, Insightful)

by on 2014-04-30 14:56 (#19M)

Or just don't take the devices in the first place, although having access to what could be critical information such as weather forecasts and the ability to contact emergency services (not that you should *ever* rely on just a mobile phone for that) might be an issue. It's also sometimes useful to be able to look up information on flora, fauna and geological features that you chance upon that you are curious about for some reason. The flipside is that depending on the location you might not be alone as there are various communal facilities at campsites etc. Even though you might have the disciple to leave your stuff at home or switched off, it doesn't follow that others do, so you would still have other people surfing on their tablets and nattering on their phones while you are trying to be one with nature.

So yes, having the option is great, but that also needs to be backed up with respect for the wishes of others present that might not want to see/hear it and a suitable amount of discretion over when, where and how the option is used.


Time Reason Points Voter
2014-04-30 18:08 Insightful +1
2014-05-01 11:38 Insightful +1
2014-05-01 13:43 Insightful +1

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