A recent survey has revealed some interesting information about people’s desires to live ‘off the grid’. With so much trouble in the World, an increase in daily pressures in so many industries and stresses and strains of life, it seems that more people than ever simply want to get away from it all and live a remote existence.
The research, conducted by www.flogas.co.uk as part of the #wouldmiss campaign polled 910 Brits and discovered that at some point or another in their lives, 85% of them had considered moving their lives and living off the grid. This may seem like an idyllic lifestyle, living in quiet surroundings with no expectations on your shoulders, the only necessities being food, water and shelter. For many however, beneath the veneer of this utopian lifestyle are the things about the modern world that we have become so accustomed to, and things that should we live such a remote existence, we would miss incredibly. So what are the things that you would miss? We’ve had a deep think and highlight some of the things that we would miss most about modern life.
How long would it take for you to realize just how much you rely on your smartphone, a day? A week? Maybe just an hour? Of those that took part in the survey, half of them said that in just a week, they would be craving their smartphone. Living in isolation couldn’t really be helped much if you did have a smartphone, but just being without it would be enough to drive us crazy.
Most people who were surveyed ranked things gas, water and electric as their top priorities should they find themselves living in remote areas, we think that you can also add the internet to that list. Imagine not being able to check out a YouTube vid to see how to light a fire, or the lack of wikipedia when you want to know if a particular fruit that you have found is edible. We take the internet for granted and we just know that within the space of a day or two, not having it would kill us.
Somewhat surprisingly, and perhaps overly optimistic, 25% of those that took part in the survey declared themselves fully confident in their abilities to be self-sustaining and ranked a local shop as pretty low down their priority list. We don’t have such confidence and we just know that living without the option to pop to Tesco for our basic necessities would prove tough.
Millennials are by far one of the most social generations that have existed, a little surprising then that 25% of the millennials that took part in the poll would be more than happy to live in isolation. We however, would be part of the 75%, especially when it comes to doing without socializing. Whether it be seeing our friends day to day, connecting with them through social media or meeting strangers online, friendships would be a big thing for us to do without and living remotely would almost certainly ensure that we would lose out on social interaction.