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Four stages we go through when the Wi-Fi is down

Let us break down the thoughts that run through your head when you get disconnected from the World Wide Web.

Lau Ai Xuan
Lau Ai Xuan

Published: 8 August 2016, 3:12 AM

You know the drill. You are scrolling happily through your social media feeds or watching videos on YouTube… and then, everything stops loading. When you open a new tab, you are greeted with a grey screen.

This brings you to start of the four stages we all experience when our Wi-Fi dies.

1. The "Oh my god, what just happened?!" stage

This is the state of oblivion, when we think that the Internet’s just laggy. Realisation sinks in when you hear someone beside you also go: “EH WHY IS EVERYTHING NOT LOADING?!”

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You then realise you have taken far too many things for granted – namely, a stable home Wi-Fi that allows you to scroll through countless social media posts and gaming videos. *lone tear drips from left eye*

2. The meditation stage

You try to stay calm by looking at your surroundings and telling yourself this is momentary. You call your service provider to find out what’s going on, but they tell you they cannot solve the problem.

I CREY EVERY TIME.
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All signs of Zen go down the drain and you now arrive at stage three.

3. The "ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL?!!" stage

This is when you start officially losing your marbles. Because a connected Wi-Fi is our modern day umbilical cord; we begin to die once we are severed from it.

Okay I might be exaggerating, but you know what I mean.

THIS IS PROBABLY ALL OF US.
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We really should find other things we can do rather than just sitting in front of a laptop the whole day, but we know that it just ain’t gonna happen. *shrugs*

You might have noticed that this stage is all about the capital letters, because that is probably what you’re using when you tweet about your Wi-Fi… with your phone’s data. DAMMIT.

4. The acceptance stage

You start talking to no one in particular, wondering when you will be able to share that cat video with your friends on Facebook. Sobs.

This is the stage when you end your “Y U NO CONNECT” rant and start to look for other ways to spend your time, like watching television, or playing mobile games that do not require an Internet connection.

YOUR FACE WHEN YOU TRY TO REMAIN OPTIMISTIC.
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You realise you are constantly looking at the Wi-Fi symbol on your screen and wishing it connected, but the light on your router remains stubbornly red. Sigh.

The moral of the story? Remember to appreciate the strong and stable Wi-Fi whenever you have it. It is a luxury we forget until we lose it.


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