What would happen if the internet went out?

Jump to Last Post 1-11 of 11 discussions (11 posts)
  1. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 7 years ago

    What would happen if the internet went out?

    My town was without internet for 12 hours yesterday. I was frustrated because I couldn't get to HubPages, and just mostly for entertainment. But we depend on it for so many things. What would be the effects of widespread long-term outages?

  2. CyclingFitness profile image95
    CyclingFitnessposted 7 years ago

    To quote REM

    "it's the end of the world as we know it!"

  3. Grime Remix profile image59
    Grime Remixposted 7 years ago

    Thank you for this interesting question.  If the internet went out or away we'd most likely have instant withdrawal symptoms.  I imagine an epic amount of boredom.

  4. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 7 years ago

    And what about practical stuff like online banking and shopping? When the fiber optic line was broken here 911 was down as well. Police had to use their radios to coordinate with police in another area that still had service. What if the whole country was affected, would there be problems with supplies of food and fuel? I feel that we depend on the internet for so many things and we just take it for granted that it will always be there.

  5. DougBerry profile image80
    DougBerryposted 7 years ago

    You'd have to read a book.  If you lost all electricity, you might have to read a book outside.

    You might, in dire circumstances, be forced to pen and paper.

  6. toys-everywhere profile image60
    toys-everywhereposted 7 years ago

    If my Internet went out, I would live. However, I might have a lot of past-due assignments, as I have quite a few classes online. Besides that and HubPages, there is not much I do online anymore. Thank you for a thought-provoking question, though, Sherry.  big_smile

  7. Frankracetteconsu profile image62
    Frankracetteconsuposted 7 years ago

    I am in china right now. And everything is blocked. I can't search on google , yahoo crashes etc... I have to use yahoo china or baidu and the search results are totally different. it feels like i have no internet sad not cool !

  8. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 7 years ago

    It hasn't been a part of our lives very long.  I think I ordered my first item online about 15 years ago - huge changes since then.  If we were without the internet, I would be fine and finally get a lot done around the house.

    But it is interesting to speculate what our nation's economy would do if the internet  was suddenly gone!  Huge repercussions I'll bet.

  9. emievil profile image75
    emievilposted 7 years ago

    I've read in a certain article (forgot where) that if the Internet went out, we will be like drug addicts experiencing withdrawals from their favorite drugs. Not a very cool explanation but it just means we will have a hard time of it. But at the end of everything, we will still survive without the Internet.

  10. Swetankraj profile image65
    Swetankrajposted 7 years ago

    A month ago same happened to me for 24 hours. I couldn't update my status check mail and other important things. Just think what will gonna happen to business person who depends completely on net. Millions dollars of losses and other stuffs!

  11. Julz09 profile image60
    Julz09posted 7 years ago

    If the internet went out we would have to use snail mail, analog phones, smoke signals to communicate with other people, simple as that.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)