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Is Life With No Internet Survivable?

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  1. Dec 13, 2019 #1

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    https://misanthrope.today/2019/12/13/is-life-with-no-internet-survivable/

     
  2. Dec 13, 2019 #2

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    It's Amazing to me that anyone would even Entertain the Idea of whether or not a Person could Survive without the Internet. I Submit that anyone who Thinks they cannot Survive, has much larger Problems than the Internet.
     
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    Reminds me of this meme.
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    OMG , life is not possible without Siri, Google and Alexa!!! We will starve without Doordash and Grubhub. Netflix and Hulu don't work! We are DOOMED.:eyeballs:
     
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    Now and then I try to take time off of internet. Not easy but doable.
     
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    Just yesterday I left my smartphone on my desk at work. I decided to just leave it and told the dept if they needed me to call my home phone. I never missed it for a second and might start leaving it at work a couple nights a week. But everyone I came across talked about it like I decided to turn off an artificial heart or something.
     
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    This sounds fun. I wonder how my withdrawals would pan out.
     
  8. Jan 8, 2020 #8

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    Without the Internet I would become bored, and leave the house. It's cold out there.
     
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    I pulled out my cell phone last night. The last time I used it was 3 weeks ago. Obviously, I could live without it.

    Where I live, cutting off the internet (let's say cable in general) would make life a bit more difficult. I live in a very rural area. Rural enough where we don't get cell service and just a couple of over-the-air TV stations. It's about a 10-mile drive to get to anything and closer to 20 miles to get to any real department stores.

    As far as I know, there's no newspaper delivery in our area.

    Word of mouth would be sporadic at best. Houses aren't close. Heck, I've lived here for over 25 years and if you live more than 2 houses away from me in any direction, in general, we've never met.
     
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    Prior to the internet, there was my Mom. She knew all the gossip and news. If you wanted to know what was happening just call her. You got a busy signal a lot but eventually, it would be your turn. Call waiting was a blessing. She was glued to her phone.
    When she died we put her cordless phone in the casket with her. I took out the battery because I was afraid she would call me. :eek:
    When I leave my phone at home I will not go back to get it. That drives my wife nuts. I tell her if something important comes up and someone can't reach me they will call her.
    Can you imagine an outage in a big city? Everyone would be standing still and staring at their phones, lost with no idea what to do.
     
  11. Jan 8, 2020 #11

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    I would miss you guys and gals.

    But

    I would replace y'all by doing more outside stuff.

    Probably visit family and friends a lot more.

    Sounds ok.

    Jim
     
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    I would go back to using the university library for my research. It can be fun and the librarians are younger than I am now. ;)
     
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    Let's see. Bipedal hominids are about 4 million years old. Homo sapiens somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 years old. First civilization 12,000 years old. The Internet started arguably between 1960 and 1980'ish?

    Even my generation lived perfectly satisfactory lives without it. Yeah, I think we will be just fine.
     
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    Reminds me of a story from 'pioneer' days, about a man moving his family into the Maine woods. He cut down trees to build his cabin and a small barn, and then enough more trees so corn would get sun when growing between the stumps. After he had been there about a year, he saw smoke rising from what he figured had to be a chimney, a couple miles and at least one ridgeline away. Dammit, people.
     
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    LOL, but not too bad long as you don't go too long without us.
     
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    Life without the Internet would now be inconvenient, but doable. I didn't start using the Internet until I was about 42 or 43, and got along just fine without it. Granted, the "Net" speeds up research, but it can be done without it....just requires access to a decent library.
     
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    Without internet I would have no television as we only using streaming services, my video surveillance system would have less capabilities, my services as a forum moderator would come to an end, I would not be able to preheat my over while I am on my way home, I would know less about the lives of my nieces & nephews, and I would not have known that I am NOT the biggest gun owner on this forum. But I am pretty sure I could survive all that if I had too.
     
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    I remember starting of the public internet. 1993, I was introduced to it. And with no filters there were strange things you'd not expect to see on a harmless search.
    First good use was at the company I worked for in order processing. I was doing some volunteer work with a shipping dept person. Between us we showed how the tracking number could be put in a work authorization and we could tell the customer when they called, instead of having to call shipping to find out.
    We told our managers, and it became a company policy.
    First days of the world wide web, and when I would explain it and when the www.addresses would start showing up on business cards and bill boards.
    I was working at a hardware/software company then. Very interesting times for the internet.

    I would miss Kindle books and being able to carry so many with me at one time. Also, would miss forums.
     
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    Friends talk to one of them [ couple been friends for almost 60 years since kids ] almost everyday.
    Family son travels lives in Texas, 2 daughters both going thru 'the change' and raising or help raising their grandkids.:ghostly:. Visits are short and sweet. :chevy:. All grands except one are grown and in the rat race.:fun fun:.
    So if I go offline I'll miss all of you.:heart: Of course there is ALWAYS lots to do here at home.:gardening:
     
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    I was a library visitor for many years before internet. I'd have so many books I used mine and hubbys cards. Now its just a click away. But then I am learning less facts and more opinions[ which ofcourse I have lots of opinions myself:lil guy:as my message count proves. :huh::eyeballs:
     
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    What we all seem to be forgetting is how the internet affects our lives in ways we take for granted.
    No internet means no electronic banking, limited medical services, power grid goes down, stores don't get restocked and thousands of other things we never think about. TV, web surfing and cell phones are things we would miss immediately but when payday rolled around and you don't get paid things will get real in a hurry.
     
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    We got too smart for our britches imo.
     
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    Public internet was introduced in August of 1991. I have no prior knowledge of anything before that, lol. :cool: I think Al Gore tricked me..............
     
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    I was 53 first time I got on to email son in Persian Gulf. I'd never typed so a challenge pecking but I made out ok. :thumbs:
     
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    I just did without the internet for a week plus last week. No biggie. I was busy. When I wasn't busy, I would read. We have a large library at the farm. My phone is an old Chocolate Flip Phone, so it doesn't do anything much anyway. But my cousins would have a fit. They go to the phone shack and call me on my cell. We have a phone shack, but no phone connection to it. Just started email about 3 years ago. I would live.
     
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    I believe I would survive once I got through the withdrawals. There is a ton of stuff I do that requires it, it would severely hinder the process.
     
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    I guess I was using something that was less public because I was on the internet in the late 70s and early80s. I got a "non profit" account with the U of W and found out how small the world really was. I paid $0.50 per CPU second going through the VAX. I learned a lot about things I was not supposed to have access to before they closed my account. It was fun.
     
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    Dial up text only to the alaska state university library. I don't think that I was supposed to have that number.
     
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    Many countries would probably restart their shortwave radio broadcasts again that they switched to streaming service.
     
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    Everyone is missing the point of this thread.
    Talk to some young people.
    They have ZERO practical knowledge.
    If you ask them a question about anything, they have to Google it.
    "How to open a can of soup and warm it up?" ...I'll just Google it:rolleyes:.
    How to connect jumper-cables? No way.
    They find out how hopeless they actually are when they drop off into the 'no-cell' zone at the farm we hold Zombie Hunt.
    "What kind of tree is this? is this poison-ivy? is that animal edible?"
    Each time, out comes the useless phone:(.
    For them, life without the internet is un-survivable.
    Their brain is stored 'in the cloud'.
     
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