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What would happen if the internet went out?

  1. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 6 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 image94
    CyclingFitnessposted 6 years ago

    To quote REM

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

  3. Grime Remix profile image60
    Grime Remixposted 6 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 image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 6 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 image82
    DougBerryposted 6 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 image61
    toys-everywhereposted 6 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 image60
    Frankracetteconsuposted 6 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 6 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 image79
    emievilposted 6 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 image68
    Swetankrajposted 6 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 image59
    Julz09posted 6 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.