An intriguing question in a time when the Internet is an integral component of daily life, business and society! What would be the implications for a life that isn’t connected to the internet?
We should first ask the question in a specific way. What would the world be like without the Internet even if the plug was pulled today? We’ll look at the subject from this angle instead of trying to imagine the world without the Internet even if it hadn’t been invented.
A life with no Internet pulling the plug for the Internet.
How the Internet Plug could ever get removed is a complex issue due to the expansive infrastructure that runs the Internet. It is likely to require the shutting down of each DNS server and every local DNS around the world. Many have talked about an extremely dangerous virus spreading through all servers and computers, rendering them / the Internet to be in a state of paralysis. There’s a different wild theory that says that the wind generated by huge solar flares could disrupt everything that conducts current, such as wires in telegraphs to everything computer, metal, etc. It is possible to read about this theory if you Google “Carrington Event of 1959” The theory is believed to be forecast by Nasa.
Life without Internet – Personal Users
What does having no Internet have an impact on the average user? In addition to every teenager screaming about not being able to access Facebook the whole thing boils down to how often individuals use the Internet and what for. We all have different ways of using the Internet, where others pretty much do everything they can to live around it! In the same way, some people live a completely New Life within the Internet similar to those who play Second Life.
Then I asked few individuals their initial feelings about being without the Internet and here’s what they said:
“So many people use the Internet that if whoever banned it from the world everyone would complain that much and so many people would sue them that they would be forced to put it back on to regain all their money, or everyone should just move to the planet mars.” Charlotte – 16
“Well, people would have to start talking to each other more, like they used to, and the whole morning chat at the post office will return. Kids would have to used the library to find stuff out instead of using Google, which will get them out of the house and learning to do things for themselves. People will receive letters instead of emails. “ Melanie – 28
“It would affect me greatly in work because of our regional offices that relay information, policies and procedures to one another quickly. Personally I don’t have the time to go out as much as I’d like to and without the Internet I’d loose valuable socialising networks and access to friends and family far away. “ Debbie – 45
“Boring life! We would not be able to shop online, which helps a lot of people like me who find it hard to get around” Sylvia – 60+
Socialising – Can our Youth Socialise with out the Internet?
Many of us use the Internet to stay in touch, especially those in lower categories of age above 10 years. From email to chat rooms and social networks to dating sites , and even virtual worlds, our needs on the Internet for social interaction and networking are immense. So it’s easy to anticipate that life without the internet could force people to turn back to grass roots and connect and socialise on a very basic level. But my main concern and especially in the lower levels of the age range, is that will individuals who have grown up with the Internet all around them be at a point where they can engage in social interactions at a basic scale and also know how to make friends? Do you think this will improve the ability to communicate and improve language skills as a result of studies on how ‘Internet slang’ is a part of the language we use? Would our ability to meet strangers outside of our immediate vicinity be affected and consequently impacting who we socialize, meet and interact with and above all who we spend our time with? What was the method you used to find your partner? Was the Internet an integral part of the process?
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Living without Internet Communications
The Internet to communicate more than ever and it’s become an integral component of all standard methods of communication. Therefore, without the Internet the methods we use to communicate must change. I’m sure we won’t be transmitting smoke signals, but letters will fulfil the hole e-mails left and phone calls would fill in the gaps that instant messaging chat, social media and instant messaging made. The increase in mail posted as well as phone calls would certainly help our local postal service and telephone network providers, but the best thing about the Internet was that communication was completely free! It’s not a stretch to believe that we’d all break up the markers and paper, start licking stamps and making calls to everyone we know. Further more we would probably resort to basics, that remain free and simply go “talk” with friends and family.
Life Speed not Broadband Speed! The Slow Down
It’s not difficult to see that the Internet sped up the world and the lives we lead. We communicated quicker as we were able to buy and sell faster, and we could access information faster. In the event of no Internet we’d certainly expect our world’s speed to decrease, in the world of business, society, as well as in communications. The huge reduction in processing speed would cause a ripple effect throughout the world of business and society to the point that we’d ask how we’d ever managed without it.
Life without the Internet – Effects on Business
The majority of businesses today have some relationship with the Internet regardless of whether it’s a simple website or a store. What implications would be put on companies around the globe when the internet goes away? Internet? It could be that the world would experience a recession or stock market crashes millions of businesses would go bust and millions of people lose their jobs? The effect on businesses that utilize the Internet will be huge and the key element would be if they were able to survive without it? But there are advantages amongst this devastation; as consumers we’d probably start purchasing locally, thereby enriching our towns and shops. We’d be looking for local services and support the local economy by trading in our immediate regions. The job loss that is related to Internet Business will be hard to take in. Jobs at our local super market, working at the tills, would quickly be in high demand, as would numerous other jobs that do not directly involve the Internet.
What kind of businesses might be able to survive?
Many older businesses ’embraced’ the Internet and didn’t just find their existence around it, so we’d find numerous companies still able to trade. They only used the Internet as an advertising medium or an additional virtual shop. So long as they had variety and a large customer base, they could modify in any way needed to keep trading.
Access to Information & Resources cut
We’re all aware that the Internet is a huge database of resources, brimming with useful and useless information, and all conveniently at our finger the tips. And without it, how could we discover the chemical compound of silver or the world’s record time to eat after eights? Books! We’d rather go back to the older principle of reading books from libraries. It’s certainly going to be difficult to find the same information the Internet can offer in your local library but when you consider it, the Internet has basically taken the concept of a library, and extended it by around a million times!.
The life without Internet – Conclusion
In the end, we must keep in mind that we didn’t get to the place we are today without the Internet. It is important to remember that the Internet has been a major technological breakthrough that helped us progress into the 21st century. It transformed how we socialised, did business and purchased goods. It set the stage for the future and is still able to make many exciting advancements ahead of it’s self. The loss of the Internet is highly unlikely, but either way I’m pretty sure as humans, we’ll adjust and adapt like we have for many thousands of years. People who were raised with the Internet being a part of their daily lives simply can’t comprehend life without it. However, there are many of us who practiced life before it’s time and have experienced a life without the Internet.