If there was No internet anymore, how would you be?

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  1. wfooshee

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    I, like @Joey D , would be out of work. My job absolutely depends on electronic connectivity to customers and their systems. Maybe I could learn to take pictures well enough to sell them. But how would I get the word out? If there were no internet, would that mean no Digital Age as well? Music is still LPs and cassettes? Photography is film?

    I do remember those days, and I would not like to be back there again!
     
  2. Pupik

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    Manual software installations, I'd have to buy a lot of maps/atlases for work (no mobile data connection), wait on long ticket counter lines, and require a travel agent to go anywhere that I couldn't go solely by car. Movie rental stores, bookstores, and post offices would still be a big deal. Photocopiers, beepers, and boardroom presentations would still loom large in offices. In short, the way things were still done around 20 years ago.

    Also, pick up the latest copy of PlayStation Magazine for tips and tricks on GT Sport lap times, with this month's editorial: "Can You Imagine a World Without a Postal Service or Offset Printing?"
     
  3. polysmut

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    I would wish you no specific harm.
     
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  4. JohnBM01

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    You know, without the Internet, it would be tough to assemble the international mega community we like to call GTPlanet. How are we going to all come together with GTPlaneteers active and inactive? We all would have to have some gathering to see each other and stuff. Just stretching this deal more with this post. Even if there are people who don't like me, I'd still want to even meet loads of people on GTPlanet.
     
  5. TheCracker

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    We'd all have to correspond on pen and paper via the mail system. Or maybe via fax machine?
     
  6. Danoff

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    Yup, out of work for me too. My line of work and organization relies on the internet so heavily that my whole career and the entire function of my job would fail, leaving our customers in dire straits. I have to say that the effects would be quite far reaching.
     
  7. homeforsummer

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    If we're to assume the internet would switch off overnight but ill effects such as infrastructure coming to a halt wouldn't be an issue, then from a work perspective I think things would be interesting.

    As I work in both print and online publishing then the online side of things would disappear, and that would leave something of a dent in the company's finances. But then the print side would become as vital for disseminating information as it was before the internet existed - advertisers would probably compete for space in the pages vastly increasing revenue, and magazine sales would likely go up (and profits go up exponentially) as consumers are forced to actually spend money on magazines and papers to access their news rather than read it all for free on the internet.

    Working on a monthly title I'd probably also have a lot more time to concentrate on writing stories, rather than spending a lot of my time trying to meet daily deadlines for news and reviews for our website. Research would be a lot more difficult, as would keeping in contact with colleagues, but it would place a lot more value on face-to-face contact. Sending the magazine to print would be more like it was in the old days, actually delivering files on physical media rather than sending them via ftp or whatever. I'm sure there'd be other aspects that would be worse or better too, but that's just what springs to mind.

    On a personal level I'd have a lot more difficulty. Keeping in contact with close friends and family wouldn't change much, but keeping in contact with the huge number of friends and acquaintances I've made worldwide would be much more difficult, and it would certainly end a lifeline to the ability to reach like-minded people in the same way. It'd also hinder some real-world hobbies simply through inability to shop online - physically working on my car wouldn't change for example, but all the work I've done on it recently has been using parts and tools I ordered online.

    Overall I'm gonna say it would be a bad thing, even though I may be focused a little more on real-world pursuits if the internet wasn't around. At its most basic, I've made some great friendships via the internet, and it's a hugely valuable resource to me for that alone.
     
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  8. kikie

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    I'd have a life again. :lol:
     
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  9. HuskyGT

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    I was born in 1982, and got my first taste of the internet somewhere around 1998. So theoretically I should be able to survive. The only problem is that most of my hobbies and pastimes rely on the internet at some point.
     
  10. Jordan

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    I'd be in a tough spot...
     
  11. TheGeologist

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    I am 24. I would probably die. I really don't have many friends IRL. To lose all of my gaming friends would devastate me.

    I'm halfway through a Masters Degree in Geological sciences. You mean to tell me I'd have to research the old fashioned way? No way. I've heard the stories from my professors numerous times before. Nope. Screewwwwwwwwww thatttttttttt.
     
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  12. yf23

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    I'd be over the moon!
    Life would go back to a normal pace again.
     
  13. Volksauto

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    I'd have more time to drive my car!
     
  14. Skython

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    I'd be unable to learn about things I'm interested in, unable to buy things I like, and unable to talk to people I like. Sounds almost desolate.
     
  15. 05XR8

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    Same as I am now. I still call people, talk to people, still go out. I don't need it to function and survive.

    Might even create more things/jobs for people to do.
     
  16. TheNuvolari

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    Sometimes I really wish the Internet never existed. I would shrug, and go out with my friends.









    Believe it or not I have friends.
     
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  17. kikie

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    It seems that the internet changed the social life in a negative way of many people. I can honestly say that it didn't in my case.
     
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  18. Imari

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    I'd be fine without the internet, but it would profoundly change the way both my personal and professional lives work. I pity the scientists that had to work before the internet was popular; having easy access and searching of every major paper, patent, and investigation is incredibly useful. The difference between fields that are easily available, like say plastics, versus ones which are not, like say explosives, is incredibly large and leads to an enormous amount of duplication of work and difficulty learning and keeping up with the state of the art.

    I'd say that in fact it was a huge step forward for a lot of people for whom the "traditional" form of a social life (ie. going out to clubs and getting wasted) wasn't appealing at all.
     
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  19. kikie

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    Don't take away my car and I'll be fine (without internet). Seriously!
     
  20. KookiDowg

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    I'd be able to manage since I have this program by the name of FocusMe on all of my electronic devices that locks websites and social media apps that take too much of my time during the school semester. Although, I'd be hella broke as I'd be investing time into myself, which usually means going out and probably spending too much money at K1 Speed trying to beat my time or eating out somewhere new haha.
     
  21. coryclifford

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    I always like to ask the people that stare at their phones, what did you do before you got your phone?

    There's a bit to think about there...

    In a business communication level, it'd be fine, just slower.

    We survived just fine before.
     
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  22. kikie

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    Probably this:




    We, probably but are you sure about teenagers?

    :D
     
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  23. Moglet

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    I'd be royally screwed, my job depends on it. Besides that I'd probably start to feel a bit anxious about things like visiting new places as I like to read all about them and scope them out on Google Maps first. If the internet had never existed my life would be completely different as my wife and I met online!

    We both remember when the internet wasn't widely available though as we're both 32 years old, it must be a crazy concept to people who have grown up with it their entire lives!