A fascinating question in the age of the Internet plays an integral part of everyday life, business and society! What are the consequences of a world without internet?
We should first ask the question with a more specific scenario. What would life be like with no Internet if the ‘plug’ was pulled this moment? We’ll consider this issue from this perspective instead of trying to imagine a world without the Internet in the event that it was never invented.
A life with no Internet – Pulling the Plug on the Internet.
How exactly do you know if the Internet Plug could ever get removed is a complex problem due to the huge infrastructure that forms the Internet. It is likely to need the closing down of each server and DNS local to all over the world. Some people have spoken about the spread of a serious virus through all servers and computers and putting them or the Internet completely inaccessible. There is also another wild theory that the winds generated by massive solar flares can disrupt everything that conducts current, such as wires used for telegraph, all things metallic, computers, servers as well as other servers. It is possible to read about this theory when you Google “Carrington Event of 1959” The theory is believed to have been predicated by Nasa.
Life with no Internet Personal Users
How does the lack of Internet have an impact on the average user? Well apart from every teenager screaming because they can’t login to Facebook and Twitter, it all comes down to how often we personally use the Internet and for what. We all have different ways of using the Internet while others live their life around it! There are those who have a totally New Life within the Internet similar to those who play Second Life.
I asked a few people what their initial thoughts were about not having the Internet, 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 How can our youngsters socialise in a way without Internet?
We use the Internet for communication, and especially those in lower age groups of 10+ years old. From email to chat forums and social networks to dating sites and even virtual worlds, our demands for the Internet for social communication and networking are enormous. It’s not difficult to imagine that life without internet would make people return to the grass roots and socialise and communicate on a very basic level. But my main concern especially for the younger levels of the age range, is that will individuals who have grown up with the Internet all around them be able to embrace social engagement on a more basic level and know how to make friends? Will this improve the ability to communicate and improve language skills as a result of studies on how ‘Internet Slang’ has become a part of our language abilities? Do we have the ability to meet strangers outside of our immediate area be severed and thus affecting who we meet, socialise and interact with , and most importantly who we spend our time with? What was the method you used to meet your spouse? Did the Internet involved in the whole process?
Living without Internet – – Communication
We use the Internet to connect more than ever and it’s now an integral part of every standard method of communication. In the absence of Internet our communication methods must change. I very much doubt we’ll be sending smoke signals, but letters will fill in the void left by e-mails and phone calls would fill in the gaps instant messaging chat and social media made. The increase in mail posted and phone calls will surely benefit our local postal services and the phone network providers but the thing we loved most about Internet was the fact that communication was free! This is why it’s possible to imagine that we’d pull up the markers and papers begin licking stamps, and calling all the people we know. Additionally, we’d likely use the basic methods, that stay free and ‘talk’ to people we know and love.
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Life Speed not Broadband Speed! The Slow Down
It’s an easy observation that the Internet increased the speed of the world and the lives we lead. We were able to communicate faster we could purchase and sell quicker and we could get information faster. Therefore, with the problem of having no Internet we’d surely expect all of the planet to slow both in terms of society, business as well as in communications. The huge reduction in processing speed would be a huge blow to the business and society worlds until we’d be left wondering how we’d ever managed without it.
Living without Internet – Effects on Business
The majority of businesses today have some connection with the Internet whether it’s a basic business listing or an online store. What impact would it have on the businesses of the world when the internet goes away? Internet? A global recession could be a possibility or stock market crashes, millions of businesses go under and millions individuals lose their jobs? The impact on businesses who use the Internet will be huge and the make or break issue would be whether they could endure without the internet? But there may be some benefits to this destruction; as consumers, we’d probably begin buying locally, benefiting our local towns and shops. We’d look for local services and strengthen local economies by trading within our immediate zones. The loss of jobs that relate to Internet Business would be hard to digest. Jobs at our local super market that work at the tills would suddenly be in high demand, along with several other positions that don’t directly relate to the Internet.
What kind of businesses might be able to survive?
Many businesses from the past embraced the Internet and didn’t only find their existence in it which is why we’ll find numerous businesses that were able to trade. They simply utilized the Internet to advertise or extra virtual shop. As long as they had a large customer base, they could modify in any way needed to stay in business.
Access to Information & Resources cut
We all know the Internet is a vast database of resources, brimming with important and useless information conveniently at our finger tips. Without it, how would we discover the chemical substance of silver, or the world record time to eat after eights? Books! In essence, we’d go back to the old school principle of reading books from libraries. It would definitely be harder finding the equivalent information that the Internet can offer in your local library but when you consider it, the Internet basically took the concept of a library and expanded it by 1 million!.
Life without the Internet – – Conclusion
In the end, we must keep in mind that we didn’t get to the point we are in today without the Internet. Internet Internet was a technological innovation which pushed us into the 21st century and revolutionized the way we communicated, did business and purchased products. It opened the door to the future and is still able to make many exciting advancements ahead of itself. It is possible that we will lose the Internet is probably very unlikely, but regardless, I’m pretty sure as humans, we’ll evolve and continue to thrive as we have done for hundreds of years. Those who grew up with the Internet already established around them simply can’t comprehend life without it. There are a lot of us who practiced life before the internet was invented and experienced a life without the Internet.