Picture this: The WiFi goes down in your workplace, home or local coffee shop. What do you do? Cry? Angrily start shredding your mail? Twiddle your thumbs in place of tweeting? Read a book?
Along with posts honoring President's Day 2018 and offering bits of #MondayMotivation, by the early morning on Feb. 19, tweets about what to do when the WiFi goes down picked up traction in the U.S. for whatever reason (the Internet works in mysterious ways). But we’re glad the hashtag #WhenTheWifiGoesDown started trending because the comments are spot-on with how relatable — and undeniably bizarre — they seem.
We joke about how attached we are to the Web and our devices, but we only really experience the depth of that attachment when we're unplugged (whether it's our choice to be disconnected or not). And even if you are enjoying a holiday weekend for President's Day right now, these tweets will give you a much-needed laugh or, perhaps, make you reconsider Instagramming your next meal.
Here are the best ones we could find:
When the WiFi goes down…
"I write my tweets on Post-It Notes and stick ‘em on stuff at Target."
I write my tweets on Post-It Notes and stick ‘em on stuff at Target.— Kevin (@kevinwxgg) February 19, 2018
"I lose all sense of time."
"I have to call everyone and have them describe what they ate and to get them to tell me inspiring words." (True.)
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown i have to call everyone and have them describe what they ate and to get them to tell me inspiring words— Eric Schmeric (@HepatitisAtoZ) February 19, 2018
"I send my tweets with a carrier pigeon."
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown I send my tweets with a carrier pigeon— Cora (@handyoasstoya) February 19, 2018
"It’s like the Stone Age, again!"
"I feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away."
"We have to go old school." (A reason to save your DVDs.)
"I realise [sic] that half the people in Starbucks don't actually drink coffee." (Their WiFi is pretty great.)
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown I realise that half the people in Starbucks don't actually drink coffee— Cong President (@CongAhvathKesef) February 19, 2018
"It’s like today’s version of losing power."
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown it's like today's version of losing power.— Luke, Deft ✋🏼 (@LukeWheeler01) February 19, 2018
"I suddenly find myself surrounded by these kids I don't know. They're cute as hell, but I can't figure out why they keep calling me dad."
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown I suddenly find myself surrounded by these kids I don't know. They're cute as hell, but I can't figure out why they keep calling me dad— Yitz, America's Sweetheart Jew (@MeerkatYitz) February 19, 2018
"I yell my thoughts from our balcony."
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown— Connie (@xonjie123) February 19, 2018
I yell my thoughts from our balcony.
(Silver lining: it scares away the pigeons.)
"I’m just like #KimmyGibbler." *Plays real-life Candy Crush*
"I look up while walking."
#WhenTheWifiGoesDown I look up while walking— Jimish (@jimishbathia) February 19, 2018
Man, that’s deep. Sad, but deep.
Now, kind reader, go delve into a book — it'll be good for you.