...Personally I think the amount of time on it is far higher but it got me thinking.
The internet as such has only been widescale since the 90's...it's inevitable that as more people feel the electric world is more real than real life.... someone will want to be it's dictator and cause a complete crash at sometime in it's future..law of averages support this.
Because of my age I'm less likely to see it but for many of our members they are of an age that this is a strong probability
How would an elongated internet collapse effect you..and have you really thought about it?
That may not be all that scary, though. It's the population density mixed with Internet dependency concerns me. If the distraction and interfaces were to disappear, there would be a lot more confrontation and people lose the sense of space they once had. More "toe-stepping" I think, at least until people could adjust between the types of presences. I would assume there would still be tv, mail delivery, phone services, and general transportation.
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2014 7:42:23 GMT -5 by murielle: Taking things seriously is a great way to become a joke...
I was raised without computers at all. Didn't touch one until I was over thirty, so I do remember what all of that was like and posses a pretty good skill set for living without it.
The thing I think might be new(ish) for a lot of folks, myself included, would be the probable civil unrest that would likely occur due to a loss of basic services even if temporary, more so in densely populated developed areas. An urban setting would be much more fragile than a rural one. I make sure I have the basics to shelter in place for a month or so depending on availability of things like water. I can get by fine without electricity but would rather not. I maintain a basic library in print form of skills that were/would be helpful in order to have something valuable to barter, knowledge will always have a place.
Because I was brought up in the stone age I know how to do things like work with mechanical things, cook and grow food, and entertain myself simply. I would certainly miss the internet and the things that depend on it, but it would not be the end of the world. The basic computing structure that runs things like the power grid, water distribution, etc, would be much more disconcerting.
It amazes me that anyone manages to spend over 8 hours a day on electronic devices / screen media. Because of the nature of my work (I work with children), I don't have access to the internet etc during the working day, so the amount of time I can spend on it is always limited. The worst effect of not having access to the internet/e-mail for me would be that I would have no way of communicating with most of my friends.
While I've grown up with the internet, and I spend a great deal of time on it, I hardly use it for work, and it's not an essential part of my life - much like other people might view television. Without it, I'm very easily entertained - knitting, reading, painting, crafts and hanging out with friends are all other hobbies of mine. I think the idea that young people would suffer without the internet because they haven't experienced life without it is pretty bogus. People adapt, they change, it's not like we'd all just sit there tearing our hair out (well, maybe for a couple of days, and then we'd just suck it up like everyone else lol). And we're wired into the computer. We do know what the outdoors looks like, hard to believe as that might be.
It would suck to lose contact with my internet friends, though. I don't fancy the phone bills that come with long distance phone calls.
Not sure how well businesses would cope, either. The world is so fast-paced, and people expect it to be that way. Would we be able to switch from sending emails in a flash to waiting a couple of days to receive letters in the post? Is the infrastructure still there to support that amount of demand? Not to mention businesses that need the internet in order to function, or who need internet advertising in order to be as successful as they are. A lot of people would be made redundant.
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"There's no accounting for taste... or intelligence." ~ Dr. Frederick Chilton, Hannibal
It would affect my badly, and I'm not saying that because I sit on my butt all the time on the laptop. I say that because as an artist, the internet allows me a GREAT way to reach out towards fans, reach new fans, and network with other artists/galleries/etc... The internet GREATLY helps me get commissions and ask for suggestions on how I can improve my work.
I live in a small town in almost the middle of nowhere, the nearest big city that a lot of people would recognize is about an hour drive south of me. We only have 2 art galleries in my home town.
While I believe that such a scenario is unlikely (because of the "layout" of the internet, there is not one "central" point of control/access, but many), it would probably affect me greatly, depending on a few things. As a programmer, computers are a very integral part of my life (granted, I could live without them, it would just take a long time to get used to) I don't necessary need the internet for programming, but it is very useful for quickly finding out how to do something without having to think through the problem too much. As long as software could still be distributed through physical retailers (or "sneakernet" techniques) I think I would be fine. Though one thing this would affect greatly is my social life. I don't really get out, and I like being alone most of the time, so without internet, I would have very little communication to other people. I would probably start writing letters to people instead (for some reason I don't like talking on the phone...)
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I'd be lost! Maybe if there were a building housing knowledge I could peruse? Perhaps a hand-held device filled with a colored liquid for making marks on paper? Might there be an establishment through which I could send correspondence? How about a numerically controlled device, with some kind of dial, or number pad, through which I could speak? Oh, so unlikely! I'd be lost!
"Tja flies around playing a harp when not on AVEN"-missterry
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elainetta...OOO matrix cause and effect, so retro...and as is my right I did not condem the internet...I pointed out the downsides but unlike you did not say another could not have an opinion on it but thank you for your policing attempt.
One part is that people have replaced real with fake...i.e. instead of going to uni and learning... people use wiki quotes as an attempt of intelligence....rather than visit the taj mahal seem to think they have experienced it via google maps etc
so experience has become elctrickery based than real life. In a practical terms...many more want employment where they can sit a desk all day being paid to work but secretly checking their facebook etc rather than learning a skill..saying plumbing, joinery, welding,engineering... so were the internet have a complete collapse..which by pure percentage it is inevitable..then the skill set to survive without it is becoming smaller and smaller
kimmie: Yeah its been awhile. Even the start up site outside of the forum is down
Feb 20, 2019 0:36:49 GMT -5
firewallflower: The irony is that I wouldn't actually be on AVEN now if the site were functioning, but since it's down, I feel compelled to keep checking for any change. I should, however, go to bed—and will do so.
Feb 20, 2019 0:37:04 GMT -5
firewallflower: Keep calm and carry on and send good thoughts towards whatever tech people are working on this, I guess? And in the meantime, cake.
Feb 20, 2019 0:37:27 GMT -5
blomdor: Cake and good thoughts to you as well!
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