|Would you cope if the internet suddenly stopped?|
Here’s one of those thought provoking questions that we all consider every now and again. Everyone has a voice, everyone has an opinion, and everyone has information to share. The internet allows us to all connect together and share this information. But what if it all got taken away?
Today I caught a glimpse into this mad cap word. A school I do some IT work for suffered an internet outage for the majority of the day. The actual cable coming into the building that runs the network needed replacing. It eventually got sorted towards the end of the school day, but the different type of reactions from various people was amazing.
Some people couldn’t cope (emails couldn’t be opened, files couldn’t be downloaded etc) and eventually resulted in showing great skills in going back to ‘old-school’ teaching of a white-board and a marker. Others simply plodded along as normal, quite relived that there was one less part of the modern world they didn’t have to worry about. Sadly the loud cheer I was expecting when the internet started working again didn’t materialise.
It got me thinking though – what would we all do if the internet suddenly stopped? Everyone would react in a different way. My own point of view is simple – as a web developer I’d be out of a job. But then there is the other factors to consider – no social networks, no access to information within a few button presses, no sharing. Nothing. Just gone.
And on a similar subject is it right that we, as a society, have been pushed to use the internet more and more? I’ve completed website projects in the past because organisations that used to hand out leaflet and fliers have suddenly been told these materials won’t be handed out anymore, so they’ve had to make a website to get this information out there instead.
What do you all think? Are we too reliant on the internet? And what is Plan B? Would love to see your comments below.