An interesting and maybe a question presenting humor as well :-) Usually a lack of connecting to the internet that affects me most is with email more than the internet itself. Sometimes the provider simply does not connect, is slow, or incomplete. That is frustrating since I interact with an intimate friend through email. I feel like the person is not there any longer and that causes anxiety. One may ponder a portion of learning called object permanence for toddlers.
Quite possibly object permanence regarding the internet is something more second nature with younger generations than with older generations. I say this as some of the older generation do not trust the internet, cell / smart phones, and their conveniences. There possibly could be the lack of understanding object permanence. One could ponder assuredly.
That of course does not answer your question. Regarding that I ponder also the occurrence of not having use of one's cell / smart phone too. I know I have a land line, so could communicate. I am wandering . . . ooppps!
Okay, I have cable. Generally speaking if I do not have an internet connection I can make the leap I also do not have access to my land line phone or the television. Firstly, even though I will be frustrated I realize it is not of my control. I do have a cell, although I do not really use it, so I check the battery level. Next, I poke my head outside to see. What I know not, yet I am looking to discover if I am alone with this dilemma. I just am seeking comfort.
Next, I look about usually then ponder what can I do? Well more often than not I read, garden a little, or go for walk. And, yes that affirms life goes on and there is life going on.
Of course if I am actively using the internet and it simply disappears then I stomp a lot, cuss out loud, and maybe storm off fuming with disgust and contempt. I wanted to post that hub, send that email, or read that article and some unknown power has presented cause I 'cannot'! How dare that power have the audacity to change my life without asking first!!! giggle + giggle . . . again a toddler comes to mind with object permanence. One may ponder . . .