Thanks for this post! The spring college semester when I didn’t have a laptop (it had shattered in late ’07, and I didn’t replace it until I needed one for a summer ’08 job) was by far the most productive and intellectually richest semester I had on campus. This was before most students had smartphones — so that also helped — but chiming in that effectively not having internet in one’s home can work nicely and lead to more reading and better sleep, if you have access to a good library/computer lab when you need one.
No laptop! That’s even better :)
And yes, to build on your caveat, I meant to add one of my own recognizing ‘voluntarily having no connectivity because you have a nearby office, library, computer lab is much different than not having the option to be easily connected.’