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Jackie: We talking about living without the Internet. [laughs] What was your first reaction, Richard?
Richard:Horror. [both laugh] Well, obviously our business is based on the Internet so the main problem was with podcastsinenglish. We couldn't respond to er... emails from people and we're fortunate we'd just put the week's podcast up so that was okay but we hadn't done the newsletter.
Jackie: It was a feeling of frustration and concern, wasn't it?
Jackie: Apart from the website though, Richard, what did you miss about not having the... the Internet?
Richard:I think the news er... I like to keep constantly updated on what's happening in the world as we don't get er... a newspaper or... or er... listen to the radio so I often look at the news sites, that was a big issue.
Jackie: Hmm. I think for me my initial reaction was "oh no, I won't be able to do so many things" but after a while there was a positive side, wasn't there?
Richard:Definitely, definitely. We can get to do the things that we should've been doing rather than just fiddling on the Internet.
Jackie: I think not having the Internet made me realise that it's a huge distraction whether it's Facebook or watching YouTube videos or checking mails again and again or googling useless information, just wasting a load of time sitting down looking at the screen, that's what I felt.
Richard:Doing more useful things outside like doing the gardening or something like that.
Jackie: Yeah, I think that's... that was kind of ironic in a way I... well, I realised I could do things which I was reading about doing on the... on the Internet. For example, you know I'm very keen on knitting I think I spend more time looking at knitting patterns, looking at wool rather than doing the knitting itself.
Richard:Researching stuff rather than actually doing it for real.
Jackie: And also we have loads of fantastic cookbooks and often if I'm going to cook a meal I’ll go and look at a recipe online rather than sitting down and reading our cookbooks.
Richard: Mmm, it seems to be more convenient to look... to find information on the Internet than flicking through a book, but.. I still like the feel of the books that's the difference.
Jackie: And... and my problem is, once I've found the recipe online, then I stay at the computer and get distracted again.
Richard:You don't realise how time-consuming it is.
Jackie:I've got some advice, Richard...
Richard:Oh, that's good.
Jackie: ...from somebody about how to escape the Internet.
Jackie:Well, number one is to get a good encyclopedia.
Richard:Right, okay, fair enough.
Jackie: Probably a lot more reliable than some of the stuff that you get on the websites. Subscribe to a newspaper.
Jackie: And also magazines er... with subjects that you're interested in. Instead of sitting in front of the computer looking at things that you're interested in, you know, get a magazine sent to you.
Jackie:Shop in real shops.
Richard:[laughs] Yes, so you can actually feel the product.
Jackie: Yeah er... and er... visit and call people. Forget that Facebook stuff, actually go out and meet people.
Richard:Mmm, true. And I think actually one thing: some form of timing so you know how long you've been on the computer or only give yourself ten minutes or fifteen minutes at a time.
Jackie: So good and bad things about the Internet but anyway um... I need to tell you: I've put in a subscription for a knitting magazine. [both laugh]
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