Speak Your Mind: The End of the Internet. AKA The End of Life as I Know It.
As with many of us here at Teen Skepchick, I rely heavily on the Internet. Like, a lot. For communication, shopping, learning, earning money, everything. I don’t just enjoy doing things on the Internet. I need the Internet. I need the Internet to do almost everything I do.
Whoa. That’s a scary realization.
I’ve lived a life pre-Internet. (Well, technically I haven’t. But I lived part of my life before it became widespread in Smallville, KS.) But I was a kid! I didn’t need to know where I could get the best price on The Hobbit on Blu-ray or what kind of filters I should get for my telescope. Most tragically, it would be hard to keep in touch with all the friends I’ve made via the Internet. Now that I’ve come accustomed to having the entire world at my fingertips, could I really give it back?
Robert Krulwich of NPR posed a similar question this week. What would happen if the Internet just went away? Is that even possible? It seems it is; it’s just not very likely. But oh my glob. What if it did? It’s like thinking about life without electricity. Or water. It makes me literally shudder with dread.
How would you handle a life without the Internet? Do you look forward to a future where a solar flare takes it down, or is that your worst nightmare? What, if anything, would you have to give up in an Internet-less world?
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