Nope, that warning was not issued by a surgeon general or the police or what. Itâ€™s just my personal warning. Whoever says that connecting to the web using Wi-Fi connection is cheaper than dial-ups and DSL is probably joking? No, it is not cheaper. On the contrary, it may be even more expensive. Well, at least in Manila, where Wi-Fi hotspots are limited to commercial establishments (read: mostly Starbucks).
Ok, here are the facts:
A regular short hot mocha or mocha frappucino at Starbucks cost around P100-120 pesos (est. $2.5) in Manila. Shame on you if you would buy only that and then occupy a seat at the coffee shop for several hours without ordering something to eat. A regular pastry or sandwich costs around, P50-100 (est. $1.5-2.5) So, to stay connected via Wi-Fi in a Starbucks outlet would cost you P200 (est. $5) at the most. And thatâ€™s good for two to three hours of non-stop high-speed internet connection. If you want to stay beyond 3 hours, you have to bear the stares and sharp glances of the Starbucks crew or buy something else to drink or eat.
Imagine if you will have to rely on Wi-Fi connection for 5 days a week. Thatâ€™s a clear P1000 ($21). If you get addicted to it, you might actually be spending P4000 ($84) a month! Thatâ€™s more than enough to get a monthly subscription to a regular DSL connection at home.
But financial distress is not only what blogging or surfing the Internet via the web can cause. Imagine the amount of sugar and calories that you will be taking in, if you would have a daily cup of any coffee at Starbucks plus the pastries.
Now thatâ€™s what I call, blogging or surfing the net via Wi-Fi connection is dangerous to your health. Donâ€™t tell me I didnâ€™t warn you.