Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Internet Rules the Universe


Recently I was thinking about how reliant our society has become on the internet. It's amazing how the internet is woven into the fabric of every single aspect of our lives now. If the internet went down for entire day worldwide, it would have catastrophic effects on banking, transportation, security, productivity...literally everything

Isn't that a crazy thought?


What would we do if the internet went down for a day? Would anarchy ensue? Would there be rioting in the streets? Would it be the beginning of the zombie apocalypse

I gotta admit, that last one would be kinda cool.

It really makes one wonder about the days before the Internet. It's hard to even remember those days sometimes, isn't it? And it's hard for me myself to believe that the internet was in its beginning stages when I was in high school. 

Remember those days before the internet? When people actually interacted face-to-face? When kids went outside to play? 

Good times. 

I am certainly not saying that the internet is a bad thing. Heck I use it myself all the time just like everyone else does. Without the internet I wouldn't even have this blog and I wouldn't even know all of you wonderful people.

But still, the world is definitely too over-reliant on it. Don't you think? 

What are your thoughts on the pre-internet age versus the post-internet age?

136 comments:

  1. I remember 17 years ago when Adam was a WEE baby and I was feeding him late at night ... and to pass the time, I would jump onto AOL (does anyone still use them???) ... anyhoo ... I would jump onto there to check out Hollywood news, regular news and just browse away ... makes me wonder, how did I look things up before that??? lol ... surely I couldn't read a magazine while feeding my baby his late night bottle, I couldn't read a book or a newspaper either ... can't quite flip pages while holding a bottle .. but one click of a mouse and I could have the whole story right in front of me ... no worries, no fussing! ... nope, even though I am old now, I don't remember life too much before the internet!! LOL!! :)

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    1. I still use AOL, but with Google they conflict a bit, and so use IE. Good grief....too much internet lol!

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  2. A good question for a new year. Well, I'm with you - except for thinking that a zombie apocalypse sounds remotely cool. The reality is that if the Internet went down, we would have very serious problems. Which is why cyber warfare is such a scary concept - one that most of us try to ignore. On a personal level, whilst I think the Internet is amazing (though it obviously has its downsides - eg bullying, trolls etc), I do sometimes miss simpler times, before even mobile phones. It's a fun game to play with kids: look around and tell me things you can see that your parents or grandparents didn't have when they were your age.

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  3. I remember life before the Internet!! It's all about balance though, isn't? And kids do play outside still... thank goodness.

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  4. Good morning Keith, I am old lol so I do remember days before the internet-actually when I retired in my 50s in 2003 we only had dial up being rural and it was soooo slow I was rarely on it didn't use the internet for anything back then just before retirement-too busy working. but when I retired and we now live very very rural with little contact with people the internet is of great value to me-especially for interacting-I learned how to quilt in a yahoo group back in 2004 or 05 and from there I learned about blogging, I look up everything on the net now, and I have joined loads of inspirational creative groups on facebook so my feed is filled with posts from all over the world on hand dyeing, weaving, and much more. at this stage in my life I would miss the internet-where we live we don't have or need those upgraded fancy phones-so we are not tied down to those-but I do love the internet now

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  5. Hi Keith, I admit I would miss the internet..I would miss reading all the blog post, looking at photos from around the world.. But, I guess weather permitting I would be outside enjoying all things nature.. I do worry about all the hacking lately..Enjoy your day!

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  6. I think you are absolutely correct. I remember when my elder brother, then using computers in engineering, told me of a new method of communication that was being used between corporations. It was called email, and he was trying to convince me that it would catch on in everyday life. I laughed, and told him that people wouldn't want to give up communicating by phone and letter as they are much more personal. Now we have email, and mobile phone messaging, Facebook pm, and Skype etc. And we all talk to one another more, but don't communicate. I can't imagine life without the internet now, but the world could only be a better place without it......eventually. A very interesting post.

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  7. The internet is an important tool for business but it didn't take long for it to become a toy. Like yourself I appreciate it for bringing all my wonderful blogger friends into my life and despair because it seems to be robbing us of face to face communication with the people around us. It should probably go back to being just a tool for business (but not before I get everyone's addresses so I can keep in touch the old fashioned way).

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  8. I would miss the internet too--it's a good way to stay in touch with people. I do go basically internet-less on days I'm at chess tournaments, but then I find out about the tournaments online!

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  9. I'll let you get eaten by the zombies, then you can tell me how cool it is lol

    Oh yeah, we are waaay to reliant on it. But it does have lots of perks, rather have it then not I think.

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  10. Given how many hours I spend on the net, what did I do before? Apart from reading more books and newspapers, I really don't know. If I don't have to go to work, I rise and turn on the kettle and computer, and then sit there for a long time. What did I do in the mornings before computers? I really don't know.

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  11. I would be lost without it, still, the old days were good, a simpler time, when people talked to each other face to face more. When heads weren't buried into phones.

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  12. I think we would have been doing just fine without it if it had never been introduced. But now that it's here, we can't do without it. Although I'm sure we'd get used to it if it disappeared. We adapt to whatever we have to adapt to.

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  13. I will say that the Internet is a real timesaver for Christmas shopping.:-) It is very tempting to spend too much time focused on the screen, though. Just like with anything else, striking a balance is important. We enjoy being able to communicate with our adult daughters in a way that doesn't interrupt them with their schedules.

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  14. I am a disabled and I couldn't be without it, the internet is superb, it really is.

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  15. I think the internet is the most wonderful thing to happen and also the worst thing to happen. I love it and am on it every day of my life and the 12 hours our power was out was lost without it. but I lived pre and post internet and life was better before.
    i don't think we need instant access to every single moment of every day every bad thing that happens.. it has become an obsession instead of a useful tool.. I would also love to eat with a friend without that friend constantly checking text and emails and FB.. and to see people driving with both hands on the wheel..

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  16. I miss pre-internet days. My friends and I used to talk on the phone (NOT text). Real conversations. We would hang out after school instead of getting on Facebook. It was nice.

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  17. I have to confess to having mixed feelings, Keith.
    Whilst I would be lost without the internet, I am quite scared about where it is headed. People no longer seem to bother trying to communicate face-to-face, preferring to talk to an electronic device. Oh I do so hope we don't all eventually disappear into a virtual world...;) lol

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  18. Definitely over-reliant and way too dependent. We're setting ourselves up for such a potential catastrophe, and I don't understand why on Earth we would do that... but I won't ramble. It's tempting, but I won't ramble. :)

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  19. I think the internet is great; I just think we're too dependent on it and somewhat obsessed with it, especially social media. And I agree, our kids don't go outside to play anymore and we don't talk in person as much. That's just sad.

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  20. hahahahahaha zombies! Two scary/sad things that popped into mind. With all the terrorism in the world today, we now see that hacking the internet is terrorists newest terror.The internet connects soooo many (life) things one of which is our power grids and the other is our money (unless you put it under your mattress). The second thing is that we now have generations that don't know about pre-internet life, face to (in person) face interactions and "doing things". I waste a lot of time on the internet and am working on remedying that.

    BTW, if it does cause an apocalypse and zombies are our new norm, then I'm becoming one of them. Just telling you now. With them, it's either live or die (again) and that sounds easier than surviving. :)

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  21. I agree that we rely far too heavily on the internet - the more you use it the more you think you can't live without it. But if it did crash forever, after the initial world-wide panic, life would settle back into what it once was - a nice place to be, living at a slower pace - speaking to each other over the telephone, writing letters - meeting face to face and not through social media. Sounds good to me.

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  22. Well, I know I am overly reliant on it. I think I'd have heart palpitations if I didn't have the Internet for an entire day. How on Earth would I get anything done??? Ha ha. But yes, the world would be in shambles. I can't even think about it.....

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  23. Good Morning O E ... What an interesting topic to think about. I recall my first computer, a Macintosh ... remember those pretty tiny screens, floppy discs, and dial up connections? I especially remember trying to search before Google ... wow, what a pain! Thanks for starting the flood of old memories. Now, somehow I missed your wedding announcement ... Congratulations and best wishes! John

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  24. I often wonder if all the electricity and cell towers went out what folks would do, as in a solar flare or who knows, even land lines need electricity, no fuel could be pumped, no money withdrawn from banks, we need to keep the old ways alive just in case I think

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  25. You know, I had to think a bit to hit the pre-internet days! In some ways things were less complicated and relationships were different. In other ways, the internet has made things easier (paying bills, banking, etc.). The benefits are great (I met people like you) but balance is important too.

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  26. I remember way before the internet . . . I remember typewriters before self correct and white out . . . I certainly use the internet . . . and try to stay current with changes and process . . . I do remind myself to THINK before immediate solving . . . if you know what I mean . . .

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  27. I jumped on the internet train later than most, always such a cautious bird I am, skeptical, lol, and I will admit I hover on leaving it entirely often, still not sure, always doubts. It is an amazing wonderful tool but I find when searching something of importance you must weed through so much untruths and fantasy its tiring,

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  28. Well, Keith, I do remember before the internet. But am happy it exists now. In fact, my life would not be what it is today if it were not be for the internet. And, how amazing it is to have facts at one's fingers instantly....and news instantly...and communication with people around the world in the blink of an eye. But, as others are saying, balance is important. We have to get away from it and not let us dictate our lives!!

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  29. I'm not sure how I occupied my time pre Internet, LOL. Definitely with probably more fruitful adventures than some of the games I play now. It is a wonderful invention and part of my livelihood so I "respect" it and am not pleased the few times it goes down. I think it is something that needs to be balanced though; one can spend far way too much time here if one allows themselves to do so.

    betty

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  30. Keith, I was just thinking about this the other day! We are so reliant on the internet. I was thinking about this in terms of my bank account and the fact that even the banking industry is dependent on the internet. Seriously, what would happen to the banking system if the internet was destroyed? Would everyone lose all their money? It's interesting to think about. And kind of scary!

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  31. Because I'm older than you (a bit ;)) I remember those days. Heck, I remember the days without much tv... when tv started in my country there were only two channels and it seemed to be turned on for monumental things - like news, this or that contest (Eurovision Song Contest, for example, as the national pride was almost in jeapordy if we didn't get a good position and good votes) and no one, but no one, had the tv set turned on talking to no one really. I remember our Prime Minister died in a plane crash and there was the statement and for three days there was no images just funerary themes. Interrupted by news and preeminent ones... no gibberish.
    Today it would be impossible to even contemplate that. Tv's aren't going to loose their advertisement income when people can very well access internet and see what was going on.
    But the pre-internet days were pretty good. But Life changed and I'm happy to live these times. I try to cultivate the balance you so well illustrate, by o stepping aside when I need to and not having the need to apologize for it. So, I put the blog on-hold or don't publish that much stuff... And the other day I realized I wasn't watching as many movies as I would like - there's the blog, then facebook, then twitter, then pinterest - I keep getting inspiration for things I want to do but lacking the time to do. Growing balance will be my aim for 2015. I really miss not thinking world might end if I'm not connected. The friends I got from this wonderful wwworld will still exist and I might have more time to other kind of keep-in-touch with them.
    Take Care and Do Keep The Balance!
    Teresa

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  32. One of my favorite quotes, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” - Albert Einstein

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  33. I like the internet. I appreciate the convenience of online shopping and banking. If I had to learn to live without the internet again, I'm sure I could do it. My former MIL doesn't use computers, and she manages quite well. I would be lonely without blogger, however. As an introvert, friendships are more comfortable for me online.

    Love,
    Janie

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  34. Yes, yes...the internet ties abound. As you say...but I MUST comment on the post below this. I am in total awe and a bit speechless. What a wonderful, loving and endearing tribute to your marriage bonds. May they be forever and eternity. Blissful journeys ahead.

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  35. I get to test that theory periodically when my iffy ISP gets a wrinkle after a rain shower and goes silent The main thing I realize when that happens is that I reach out more to my friends in a personal manner and I get a lot more done. However it does take circumstances beyond my control to make me go cold turkey. I am addicted.

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  36. i wish i could remember the day i first 'surfed' but i can't. i remember at one job we had an 'intranet' where we could actually send messages back and forth to another office. that was awesome! then came aol at my next job and we could send emails. wow! the internet on-set is a blur to me, though.

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  37. I can recall the times with no internet. It was fulfilling, more communications face to face, always TV at dessert , lol..Internet extending the circle of people you know, and now I'd miss it much...couple times recently actually was trying with no internet, running to library every day - misery! but easily able to live with no TV and do it!

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  38. This topic has been on my mind so much lately. Growing up in a small town meant instead of phone calls my friends would knock on my door... Now everything is arranged through texts and Instant messaging. It really is a different world now. It can be seen as good and bad, but I feel like relationships aren't as close tied as before. I hope you are well Keith!

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  39. I hate to be gloom and doom...but this is my scary thought...is www 666?
    Revelation 13---

    16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

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  40. I'm voting for the zombie apocalypse. ;-) I think that in pre-internet days people had longer attention spans, were less rude, less impatient, and knew how to persevere through tough times, rather than collapse in a heap of frustration. I wonder if the electric light would have been invented or beautiful cathedrals built or stone walls built or one of many, many things we see in the world today because people knew basic information and had basic skills and realized that worthwhile things might take years of perseverance before completion. In fact, in many cases, they knew that they might never see the completion of a project, but that their descendants would. I think we have lost that. We live in an age of instant gratification. BTW, I think the mark of the beast (mentioned above) was something that happened in AD70 Jerusalem, not in the future.

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  41. I often think about how dependent we are on the internet and share your sentiment about how it'd be a fitting start to a zombie apocalypse! One of my New Years resolutions was to spend less time on social media and so far it's been refreshing. Keeping myself to a certain amount of social media time every day has balanced me out and left me feeling less dissatisfied than before. Hopefully I can continue to become more efficient with my internet use time - less time doesn't have to mean less productive!

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  42. If the internet went down for a day, I'd probably panic. I'd be afraid my blog, website, and all of that would be gone when it finally came back up. I worked so hard on everything, I'd be a mess if it all disappeared.

    I do remember what it was like before the internet. I was outside more. And tanner. HAHA!

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  43. Moderation. That's my thought. Most spend too much time on the Internet and not enough time doing other things.

    The other thought was folks talking about how the internet would help us go paperless. I've never seen that come true. Just as much paper as always.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  44. I remember the days before the internet. There was a lot more face to face communication back then, and this is something I miss, as people text, email, talk on their cell phones, etc. I have no cell phone and don't text, so I am quite happy with this, Keith. I use public transportation, too.

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  45. I dont know hahaha!! still I think in you both married, Im sooooo happy for you dears!!
    Blessings.
    I think all the times have good things and bad things , you live a blessing but not always happens. But Im happy for you.
    You are something special.
    I had live difficults times in internet, friends you think they are and not, people lies too anyway the human being is not really different.
    But if you are a true person and always the same is not porblem Im sure, ALl my love for you dears!!

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  46. I want to know more!!!(about the event) :)))

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  47. positives and negatives in both. in spite of the fact that you can talk to anyone in any part of the world, at any time, people seem to be more lonely and have lost trust in humanity.

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  48. The Internet has brought the world closer and farther apart than ever before.
    When kids went out to play. Such a novel concept now!

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  49. The internet is a blessing and a curse.
    True, without it, I wouldn't know you. I would miss my blogger family!
    But, I kind of wish it had never been invented. No, I take that back. I'm disappointed in the cell phone more than anything. People hold onto those things like its a matter of life and death!! I think it's weird.
    I'm so happy to see you here today!
    By the way, I don't care for zombies, either. Hahaha. :)

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  50. First, congratulations to you and your beautiful new wife. Just love that photo and the promises made. Wishing you both the very best in 2015 and far beyond. It seems to be a tricky thing to find the balance with internet. Still working on it :)

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  51. The first thing I thought of was "I'd have to write checks to pay my bills." Ha, ha. I use the internet to look up everything (no wonder our libraries are shrinking or turning into internet centers). When I read a book I look up the author, maps of places and cultural info about the people in them, and all sorts of facts about the content, fiction or non-fiction. I always loved research and the internet is a powerful tool for that as long as you keep your inner skeptic in operation to sort out the poo-poo out there too. Before the internet, I spent that time in libraries, living in Seattle there were many including the University libraries that were wonderful places to be. I kind of miss that but that is more because I live in a small, remote town than because of the internet. I still visit my favorite libraries in the "big city" when I go visit my sisters.

    Does it cut into my social life? Not really, I still get out and volunteer and visit. I love to see flesh and blood friends and family at my door now and before.

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  52. I remember the days without internet. I really don't interact any less face to face than I did before since I don't and never have gone out much. I still talk on the phone and I don't text but I keep in touch a lot more online.

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  53. I think of a line from Ghost in the Shell;

    "When mankind realizes technology, he reaches out for it, like it's damn-near instinctive..."


    This sort of technology was sci-fi twenty years ago, when my daughter was born. Amazing. I remember trolling libraries, my own books, professors, and PBS for information. Now, I can switch on the home 'puter or my phone.

    A joke I came up with;

    "The Greeks had the Oracle of Delphi, we have Google..."

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  54. I remember a time at university when we had to go to the computer science building if we wanted to browse the web or use email. Imagine how my kids will react when I tell them that!

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  55. Hello Keith, you're back.......and you're married, wow, that is wonderful news for the new year! Your post today got me thinking of a quote I came across recently, "I'm so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over." The internet can be a nice place for gathering info, communicating with friends, but I was just thinking that I've been on it too much lately, and that's why I took a trip to the ocean. We must remind ourselves to get out into nature, and leave the computer behind for awhile.

    I wish you peace and joy with your new bride in the new year. Oh, and don't worry, the internet doesn't rule the universe......God does.

    Have a beautiful day, my friend.

    ~Sheri

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  56. I missed those days though having an internet has been a blessing for me ~ I think that face to face is still the best way to communicate but in these times of where distance becomes a challenge, its good to have other means of communication ~ Have a good day Keith ~

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  57. Funny how dependant I've become on the internet for a multitude of tasks. Everything is instant. I go in a panic mode when I forget my cell phone when I go out in the car in case I get stranded.

    I would have never had these worries before internet and digital. Now I worry about viruses, identity thefts, stolen information.

    It was slower pace before internet and maybe our brain wasn't on overload like it is now. We slept better, and had less worries.

    But I like the conveniences. Will it crash at one point? ... probably...

    Hugs,
    JB

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  58. Well, since the internet came along when I was in my 30s, I do remember those days before it!

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  59. Oh please don't let it happen in winter or summer, spring please. And, anarchy would be the law of the land and the zombies wouldn't be shuffling along, they'd be running after you with guns blazing.

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  60. I do love how I can stay instantly connected to family and friends...and take of business online. I don't wanna do without it!

    Big hugs, honey...

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  61. I am so happy and grateful for all the opportunities that Internet brings! I can't live without it and really don't want to! I did not like to live in a world with small local news sources or outdated libraries or when you can't research a simple thing because nobody ever heard about something. Those days are over!

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  62. I have lived through pre-internet, early internet, and current internet. It controls every aspect of our lives. It shuts off? No electricity, no running water, no heat, no banking, no money...it would make the Day of the Dead seem very real.

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  63. A quote from my favorite movie:
    “Progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it.
    Sometimes I think there's a man who sits behind a counter and says, "All right, you can have a telephone but you lose privacy and the charm of distance.
    Madam, you may vote but at a price. You lose the right to retreat behind the powder puff or your petticoat.
    Mister, you may conquer the air but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline.

    Henry Drummond, a character in Inherit the Wind”

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  64. Keith, I was just writing to a friend how the internet is also used for Evil these days...as certainly seen with the jihadist groups that immediately posted "glory images" of the killers after their heinous acts here in France last week. :(

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  65. I definitely lived pre-Internet. I have experienced life without electricity, running water, or telephone, completely isolated from the outside world. It was an adventure! Our lives were not so fragmented then. We had time on our hands and pursued pastimes. I could walk on a piece of ground and think no one in the whole world knows where I am, and maybe no one has ever stepped on this spot. As wonderful as it was, I don't think I could go back permanently. I love this new world. That said, I can only take the connected world for so long, and then I run to wilderness and quiet! It's great to have you posting again!

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  66. it is amazing to me how connected we have become...and when it goes away the chaos it causes...we use it for everything now...and if someone crashed the web our world would come to a standstill...that is a scary dependency....

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  67. Sometimes I think a day without internet here and there would be very nice. :) But of course there are so many lovely people in my live whom I would have never met without the internet. Plus the internet is great for doing research!

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  68. Yup, that thought has come to me from time to time. If we lost the internet, chaos would ensue. If we lost it for longer than a day, that is. Despite the negatives, it sure has a lot of amazing pluses.

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  69. Good questions, Keith. Pretty sure the internet shut off in Y2K because the date couldn't flip over or something. All civilization since then has been a mass delusion.

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  70. You make a valid point. How would anything operate without the internet? What would our days look like? We'd have to go back to old fashioned snail mail and the telephone to communicate.

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  71. The world would come to a stand still! We'd all be looking like that cartoon you posted...hehe. Truth. :)
    Cheri

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  72. I remember a time before the internet. And before mobile phones. And some days I miss it, and every day I try and visit it. At least briefly...

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  73. The Internet is an amazing thing, but I think it's foolish beyond belief to rely on it exclusively. I love the ability to do extensive, seemingly endless, research online, and blogging has opened my world to a wealth of wonderful people, but nothing beats interacting with people in person. An over-reliance on any kind of technology risks reducing our capabilities to understand and actually do things ourselves.

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  74. Like most things it has its good points and bad points. The world is certainly a very different place from the one I grew up in.

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  75. I know, it's crazy how reliant we are. It's a standing joke at work that google is my best friend, but I do love the ability to access new facts and random things. I used to have to get books out of the library, which then I always took back late, incurring fines. However sometimes it's a terrible burden, the endless emails to follow up, the expectation that you are always available. What's the answer Keith?!

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  76. I sure do remember those days before the internet.
    I limit myself to being online and always spend a lot of time outside with my granddaughter as nature always takes preference for me.
    I also like to call a person and hear their voice rather than email ...
    I have met some great people through the internet and I really like that!
    Time to head outside now though, ,see ya later ,

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  77. Being without the internet would be like being without my automatic washing machine.

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  78. You're an "unapologetic dreamer" (so am I)...and I'm also an unapologetic lover of the Internet and Web. A day without it...nooooooooooooooo!!!! :)

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  79. good point and yes I agree .. we are scarily over reliant.
    But It has given us access to information, brought the world closer in many ways
    Its a great learning tool
    and great fun also at times

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  80. Interesting thought. It'd be fun to see a worldwide reaction to a day without Internet access.

    I miss the days when people took their time to send "real" birthday cards and took time to write letters. I still have letters from my friends abroad :)

    Hope 2015 is a good one for you!

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  81. I remember getting pong when I was a kid! I remember only having the basic channels for TV and that most went off the air after playing the Canadian anthem. I also remember people stocking up and being totally freaked out due to all the media blitz that the computers would all go PFTTT when the year struck 2000. What's funny I just watched Downton Abbey and the young girl on the show was really wanting a wireless (aka radio). the main character kept saying no and said that soon all the kids will want to do is sit in front of the radio to listen to music and shows rather than enjoy the fresh air. This is true! It's here to stay and when these kids grow up they will be asking about the youngins and how they are spoilt etc...

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  82. Each of these ages had their benefits! Pre-internet had no bad gangs or crime or drugs. Schools were innocent and kids respected authority, no school shootings. The world is so much worse now! But I don;t think the internet has anything to do with it, do you? I still LOVE it!

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  83. I read something interesting the other day--they say that in the highest echelons of government and intelligence, there has been a reversion to pen and paper--much more secure than internet. Isn't that something?

    I often think there is going to be a catastrophe one day--look how crazy everything gets when an airline's computer system fails--thousands of passengers screwed...not to mention when a store's cash machine fails--oh dear, I can't buy that as I forget what cash is!

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  84. I think it's so handy.

    I have had more issues with students copying things that are out there. I usually don't find out until they've gotten a grade for the class. That part of it I hate.

    We lost the internet here at work 5 years ago. A student tried to illegally download a movie. Warner Brothers went after our cable/internet company. Our cable/internet company turned the internet off. We had to go through each student's machine to make sure there was nothing like lime wire, or any movies on it. Some students didn't want us to go through their computer because of privacy reasons. I get it, but they were the first to complain about not having the internet. Then the students thought we purposely had the internet shut down. No we didn't shut the internet down. It was a mess!

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  85. I honestly don't think it was that much different. There are always going to be people who like doing outside things and those who don't. If not the internet, then it's going to be some other inside activity.

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  86. The internet controls everything. Good or bad we need it now

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  87. The internet is well entrenched now as are 'smart' phones, as can quickly be observed on the streets. Yet, society is not collapsing. People do still communicate. It is the way we do it that is changing and I haven't come across anyone who has lost the ability to speak because they spend too much time with their devices.

    Day one of the world wide internet collapse, chaos. Day two, frustration. But after a week of no internet, the wonderfully clever and adaptable animal known as the human will have already started to change what they do and how they do it.

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  88. Sounds like there's a good story line for a book in there.....

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  89. I wish we could have both. Can you figure out how? If so, patent it and let me know :)

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  90. The internet is wonderful but children are missing out on so much by spending all their time on it. When I was young we didn't even have a phone in our house so I couldn't imagine talking on a phone in the car. Come to think of it we didn't even spend that much time in the car. We walked everywhere in our small town.

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  91. I only really ever knew an Internet age... and MAN, I shudder to think what I would do without it... go crazy? Yeah, probably that.

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and just thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same... or better yet, keep in touch!! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  92. Yes it would be a disaster if the internet went down for a day. It would cause all types of chaos but we would survive it as long as it was reinstalled within a day or so. I remember well the days before internet, computers and TV in Australia but I would prefer to have it than not, For us, the ageing population, it is wonderful. We do banking, go shopping and visit grandchildren living on the other side of the world without leaving our homes.

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  93. I had a loss of internet for 4 days once and felt so cut-off!! Heck, I must admit that I even cried. How pathetic is that. I do rely on it a lot to keep in touch with friends, family and everyone in my life. Phone calls get expensive and people in other time zones make it hard to call when they are available.
    Now you can just zip off an email and replies are usually very quick!

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  94. Yes, the internet has stolen a big part of our life. The way the internet is developing, things are changing at an ever increasing rate. It's made it miserable for those who are computer illiterate like my wife. On the other hand there are major benefits.

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  95. Im 29 and man have things changed from when I was a kid to now. Even from teenage to now. I remember when hi5 and myspace were in and we would never have assumed a "Facebook" would come about .. and I remember the times before that where social media was icq and aol chats. I can't imagine what 10 years from now would look like!

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  96. Keith, I lived the majority of my life without the internet and survived just fine... however; I do love it now and I adore being able to be connected... It can become overwhelming at times, I just step back and take a break for a day or two and then I go back...

    It has it's good and bad but like you said, without it I wouldn't have met so many people in the blogging world ;)

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  97. I do love the convenience it has on connecting me with family and friends, but if it went down for a bit, I'd be ok too. Ours was down the other day and my oldest actually came out of her room to help us bake cookies. As soon as it was back on, she was out of there. I think it has its good points as well as bad.

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  98. It's amazing how much our lives have changed with the Internet. On last week's episode of Downton Abbey, they were talking about how they thought the radio was only a fad, until they heard the King's speech in their living room. I'm sure there were some people who felt the same way when they first heard about the Internet.

    Julie

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  99. It's true Keith!
    When we have no electricity in my summer cottage because of a storm or something else I feel as I lost an important thing and waste time until the repairing.

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  100. I agree. I love the 'net, but think we are WAYYY too reliant on it. And I hate hate hate the fact that kids don't play outside anymore, my kids included. I have to force them, and then I'm seen as a mean ogre. It makes me very sad.

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  101. The Internet seems as vital as lights and water. But I imagine if it were gone tomorrow we would find a way to survive.
    Maybe we'd start writing letters and visiting out friends more.
    Interesting.
    How is life over there?

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  102. As much as we all love the internet and revel in everything it brings (more and more each week, it seems), I think most of us also sometimes miss the old days pre-internet. I was a late adopter, and being 45 most of my life was pre-internet. But even I find it a shock to remember the pre-internet days, which seem so long ago now. My kids can't even imagine it - literally cannot fathom it.
    On the odd occasion I have been without my phone and out and about, after the initial panic and dismay, I have kind of enjoyed the freedom.
    The main thing the internet has done recently I think is speed everything up. Everything is so quick with it, that getting anything done the old way would just take way too much time, which of course we no longer have.

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  103. I think the internet is great for making contact with people we might otherwise not have ever found out about, I think your recent wedding proves that?

    It's also a great way to find inspiration and information

    I think it is a shame though that too many young people now grow up in front of a computer screen instead of outside in nature. And too many people of all ages seem too caught up in the virtual rather than the real world

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  104. Although I'm a part of the internet era, I could not imagine life now without the internet. Really, what will happen. Google has always been helpful. And the blogger too. I think life will be simpler at some point but also more complex in another if we lose the internet.

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  105. It's sort of terrifying really. It's a crutch of our society and a cornerstone of business these days. Yikes!

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  106. I've thought about that before, as just being cut off during moves has been enough to test my sanity. I can hardly imagine going back to the dinosaur age of computers. And my kindle... Gah!

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  107. Keith,

    Before the age of the internet, perhaps conversations, letter writing and friends visiting friends, was more widely done. Now, most of those 'comforts,' have died away. Online, or by mobile communication has changed life forever. Goods and bads attached to the befroes and now!! I must make reference to the goods, which include my time now, communicating with you Keith...How else would we have 'run into each other.'..I have found such lovely friends and made personal progress, since the internet era. Life without it now would be a touch empty:)
    Happy Days Keith,
    Eileen

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  108. Oh, the beloved dreaded internet... We're lost without it, we're doomed with it... I'm still amazed at the incredible amount of information available -for instance, books, even the Vatican library...
    It brought people together like on this blog, but it also keeps them apart - how many times we see people sitting next to each other and each of them absorbed by a smartphone...

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  109. IT is amazing how much I do on the internet. Whatever did we do without it? Write letters, make phone calls, look in encyclopedias....

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  110. Definitely. I'm not sure people realize this stuff that went on with The Interview is an indicator that we could have a problem someday. I read somewhere after North Korea's internet went down briefly that this will be the new way war is waged--on a country's technology, not on its people.

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  111. Although I am not very old and have had the internet most of my life it is still interesting to see today's generation of kids who are only 5 or 6 and can run technology and the computer better than I can. It's interesting to see how much of their lives revolve around the internet, school, games, socializing,etc. I mean do they even teach cursive at elementary school anymore?

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  112. The internet didn't come around until I was grown and married with kids, so I lived quite a while without it. It's hard to imagine being without it now, though.

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  113. Isn't it weird to think that the Internet is only 20-30 years old? I was just asked to write a twitter-style introduction for a conference I'll be attending. It's so wrong. I'll be meeting people from all over the country, IN PERSON, and introducing myself through 140 characters max. Lord help us.

    PS Yes, we've gone way too far.

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  114. I think if the internet went down; we'd all just realise that we do want that intense interconnectivity and then actually start engaging with each other real-time making sure we don't lose the connection we so adore!!!

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  115. Oh man, I think about this often. I love technology and use the internet daily too BUT I do miss yesterday. Snail mail and face to face conversations for sure!

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  116. Hi Keith,
    I can't even imagine the far reaching effects if the internet went down! Could we adapt?
    For me, it makes most things easier. I like the connectivity and I also like face to face connectivity. I don't miss hand written letters or thank you notes at all!
    Hugs!

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  117. hmmm, a zombie apocalypse - that would be interesting....

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  118. Hello Keith!:) I've enjoyed reading all the comments. I feel the same as you, about how dependent we have become, but it's a way of life now and I wouldn't like to be without it. Many of my friends who like me are in their late seventies or older, are computer illitterate and they know they are missing out, but feel it's too late to start now when the old memory is not as sharp it used to be. I'm so glad I took the plunge before I felt like them.
    Warm Regards.

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  119. That is a tough one. My spontaneous reaction was: I want the old times back - like right now. I want friends that talk, not type. I want to spend my time with books not websites. I do not want to be reachable at all times. But then: Without the internet I wouldn't have met you, the love of my life, my soul mate - and I'm more than incredibly grateful it exists. I guess the problem is not that the internet rules our lives, it's the fact that we let it rule our lives. We can use all the advantages it brings...but it's our responsibility to take the time for everything else that matters to us that is not internet-related :)

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  120. Amazing how times have changed, huh? While I decry the effect of the Internet in our lives, literature masterpieces like 'Penwasser Place' wouldn't be possible without it.
    Huh. Come to think of it, no 'Penwasser Place' might not be such a bad thing, after all.

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  121. Oh my gosh, Keith! I would be lost without Internet now. And you wouldn't have met Beate, right?

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  122. I am hooked and agree with you! I can't see the world functioning well, without it~ There would be an apocalypse of some sort. Freaky to think about! I am happy to be part of this web/wave/net, but now I am craving sunshine and a long walk-lol.

    As an introvert-this internet game rules!

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  123. We are over dependent on internet ... there are pros and cons ... but at the end of the day it makes our lives easier, isn't it?

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  124. You've just opened Pandora's Box. You're not supposed to even think about what would happen if this thing called the Internet died. I think it would be chaos. Did you watch the TV show Jericho? It's frightening to think how easily someone could create chaos. Take away our means of communicating with the rest of the world (something which we did for centuries and got along fine... more or less), but today... It wouldn't be pretty.

    The other part of your question: I think the Internet will have a tragic effect on our young people, who never knew life without it. Levels of compassion and empathy for our fellow man will drop as people have less and less face-to-face interaction. As kids become accustomed to violent killing in video games we shall see an escalation of violent killing in real life. Oh yeah, we're already seeing that. Guns are not the problem, as we've always had guns. Lack of compassion or caring for our fellow human being accompanied by daily violent killing in video games (making kids immune to the idea of killing another human being) adds up to... today.

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  125. Hi Keith! There are things I miss about the days when we weren't so reliant on the internet. But I also value much of what the internet does for us as well. I definitely think trying to keep a balance, while difficult it may be to do, is healthiest. I blog, keep up on the news, email, browse for info...but I don't do twitter, facebook, pinterest, instagram...which I think helps me create a balance, especially where social media is concerned.

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  126. My kids freak out when there is internet :/ or wifi I once saw a sign at a restaurant that said "There is no wifi talk among yourselves" lol!

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  127. my grandma talks about this all the time. lol the internet is so awesome, but, also awful..

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  128. We would adapt. We would have to. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  129. I would be sad. I wouldn't get to see pictures from my mom or find out information in a few key strokes. And I would lose contact with a ton of wonderful bloggers. That would be terrible. :(

    I don't think it'd be the end of the world though. It'd just take away all of those easy connections we have to others.

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  131. The electricity was off at our house for about 3 days after we moved in, and after the first shock of no wifi, after awhile I adjusted and when it went back on I was almost a little disappointed. I'm definitely too reliant on the Internet, and it was rather nice to have a short enforced break from it.

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  132. And without the internet, you would never have found your Beate!

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  133. I think people would get time to listen properly... and enhance the relationship and things relevant to live.

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  134. Haha...yes...I think about this way too much. The dependence is crazy.
    Don't want to be without it, though, for so many reasons. I would hope society would not collapse, and I do agree that we also need to take our noses out of those smartphones more often. :) (That's why I have yet to get one)

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