If there’s anything that the last couple of months have taught us, it’s that our world is becoming increasingly virtualized. Now, more than ever, we’re relying on the internet to go to school, work, church, and virtually everywhere else in between. On the bright side, this virtualized world means we don’t have to worry about missing a thing.
On the dark side, however, we could rack up some fairly serious internet costs. This is especially true in Nigeria, where internet subscription costs are pretty high compared to other parts of the world.
For this reason, you must learn how to manage your internet costs in a virtualized world. This applies to you, whether you’re a student or a working-class individual. In this article, we’ll show you just how you can do it.
Have an internet budget and try to stick with it
Consider your budget as a plan or goal. In the same way that working without a goal can leave you unable to achieve anything real, browsing without a budget can leave you surfing the web without actually controlling your data usage. In the end, all you’ll have left is a data balance that’s much too low, far too early in the month.
So, in this period, it is incredibly important that you create your budget. Then, do everything within your power to ensure that you stick with it. That way, you’ll know just how much you’re spending on your internet subscription each month or as is convenient.
Cut down unnecessary items
In your virtual life, you have to admit that some things are more important than others. Even if you’re not very religious and don’t attend online services, you probably attend lectures or work meetings online. Given their importance in your life, these should rank higher than other activities on the internet.
So, take out those other activities that don’t immediately need your attention. For example, you really don’t need to check out the latest happenings on Twitter when you still have about three Zoom meetings to attend for the week. You also don’t need to spend so much time watching funny YouTube videos.
Always turn off your video during meetings
Except where you need to turn on your video, you must keep your video off while you’re attending meetings. Doing so will save you a lot more data than you might imagine. The reason is that turning on your video is the equivalent of streaming live to different people. Depending on your camera quality, this could take out quite a bit of your internet allowance.
Granted, it could be a bit of a challenge controlling your internet costs in a virtualized world. An obvious challenge is that you need the internet to stay in touch with your friends through casual conversations. Notwithstanding, you still need to try. This is especially so if you’re a student who has to attend multiple classes on a budget.