You may have noticed recently that the site has been a bit up and down recently. One minute, loads is happening, the next I’ve gone very quiet. I have been up and down with working on the site for various reasons. I was sick, I got super busy with family stuff. But once we had recovered from all of the snot and aches, the unthinkable happened. The internet broke. It got me thinking about how screwed we would really be if the internet died today. And the lack of porn for teenage boys is only the tip of the iceberg.
For the vast majority of people, the internet is vital to their business. Internet trading and advertising would be a thing of the past. For me and the thousands of other bloggers, we would have no income. People who make their living from internet content would be forced to find “real jobs”, but this would mean several million people out of work. From programmers, writers, and people who run their online shops out of their back bedroom. We would be broke.
No more chat
Everyone has friends on their social media that they talk to on a regualr basis. Sometimes these people live on the other side of the world. Without email, we couldn’t talk to them anymore. Well, we could but it would be snail mail. This might not be a big deal to you, but let me give you an example of how important this instant connection is. When my brother was living in Austrailia, my mother emailed him every day. It kept her sane. And when he decided to travel back home, he was able to message me every step of the way. I knew he was safe and that kept me sane.
No more support
Everyone has dealt with internet trolls at some point but for every troll, there is a group of wonderful people. Millions of people around the world suffer from abuse and there are plenty of online support groups. Without these groups, individuals would be cut off from their only support.
I’m a big lover of internet shopping. I do my weekly shop online, roll up to a pod outside my local Tescos, and load my car up. I have no need to go and interact with actual people. I do around 90% of my shopping via the internet. Even my local shops have their own Facebook pages. All I need to do is send a quick message to find out if they have something in stock, it’s so simple!
Food, food, and more food
I know I can order my weekly shop online but I can order my dinner too. Loads of food places have joined the online revolution. Now you can order a pizza with exactly what you want, pay online, and track it’s progress so you can put clothes on just before it arrives at the door.
No more resources
We have so much information at our fingertips and it’s free. We have never had access to so much information before. If the internet went away, not only would we lose access to all this information, if we wanted to get access to it again, we would need to pay for it. We would need to buy courses, books, and access to this.