The extraordinarily high Internet usage (30GB/day vs <10GB/day) on the first day of every month finally reached the limit of my patience so I came up with a plan to power off the Internet modem yesterday, March 1, for a whole day. Hopefully this plan of “no Internet for a day on the first day of a month” would help to rule out usage monitoring error on the ISP side.
The family’s responses to a day without Internet access were very interesting.
As was expected, Jon my younger son was very irritated at first. He claimed that I, his Dad, was against one of his basic rights defined by the UN. He actually showed me the paragraphs in which UN declared that any attempts to block the others from accessing the Internet is a violation of the others’ human rights. My answer to his “accusation” was simple, it was only a one-day test to identify some possible reason of high Internet uses, not a permanent removal of the Internet from the house.
Then he changed his tactics by admitting that his downloading big games was the cause of the high Internet usage on the first day of each month. This is a thing he had been denying till that moment. I laughed in my mind, but still insisted on my plan of test. Finally he gave in.
My daughter, on the other side, accepted my plan much more peacefully, mumbled only a few words of complaining or alike.
Opposite to the children’s responses, my wife was firmly standing by me. Her support helped a lot to calm Jon down.
Then something really great took place later on during the day. Jon after wandering for a few moments started to spend most of his day with the rest of the family, instead of busy with his tablet/cellphone/PC. The whole family got closer and spent time together on house work, entertainment, chatting, etc. That was definitely a big bonus beyond my original plan!
In conclusion, living one day without the Internet may actually be beneficial to the family. Now I am thinking of doing it again next month. 🙂