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Old 11-09-2015, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: 48.0710° N, 118.1989° W
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lots of good replies, albeit one liners.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I like to play the "what if" game sometimes. For me it usually leads to other ideas about things totally unrelated to my original thought. I've always wondered what would happen if the internet just randomly shut down and did not turn back "on".

I think the world wide financial and economic system would collapse, as that would be on more peoples minds then not being able to access social media.

For me it would mean the end of paying bills with ease. Right now everything is auto withdraw online and paperless billing. Gosh I can't stand receiving bills in the mail, I'd rather receive cool stuff or a magazine lol.

So what do you all think would happen if this awesomeness we've all come to rely on in our day to day lives just suddenly stopped? And did not turn back on?

I don't think things would be as chaotic as what people claim. We still have existing older infrastructure in place for commerce. It's not like, suddenly, we wouldn't be able to do business, we would just not be able to use the internet to do business. That would, basically, turn into a mild inconvenience after awhile, rather than a major issues. Businesses could still use credit card machines - they still make them where they can either use the internet or a LAN line. They could also revert back to those card swipe carbon paper based machines if they had to. People would have to start carrying more cash - which honestly, would probably curb a lot of senseless overspending that we tend to do because we carry these plastic cards more than actual cash. Online businesses would suffer, but they could convert back to some type of catalog order system. Netflix could send out catalogs of their inventory and be a strictly rent by mail company. They have done that before. Redbox could still be widely used, and maybe video stores would come back to existence. But, definitely local brick and molder stores would thrive, as well as communities that are a bit more rural.

In some ways, it would be a great thing for some areas.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Online shopping would be the only thing I'd really miss.
Otherwise, buy a map and keep the phone book handy.

Frankly, it would be nice not to be subject to the demands of emails.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:11 AM
 
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I would get all of my paperwork caught up in one or two days and get a lot more quilting done.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I'd be out of excuses to hang around the house, and the only other thing for me to do is go to the gym, so I'd get really fit again if the internet apocalypse happened

Since my gym doesn't depend on the internet, my world wouldn't be rocked too much.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:11 PM
 
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I'm interpreting this Q as only internet is down but PC's are still in use.
Business / Commerce / Economic:
International trade / commerce would have about a year or two glitch as old ways of doing things get reapplied.
Financial Institutions would bring back many manual processing steps re employing a significant number to process.
USPS would be elated.

POTS telephony would rebound well as VOIP would be negated.
Retail brick and mortar would be happiest as traffic would increase tremendously.
Certain industries would have massive downtime as they re engineer / retool / reorganize i.e. decentralize many functional areas.
Companies would hire more in the sales / distribution / logistics departments, and warehouses would sprout up in more areas.
Individual LOBs in large corps would likely increase geographic department presence.
Office equipment Fax machine manufacturers would ramp up.
Printing companies (media) would be ramped up - especially porn.
Media companies would be dominated by print and broadcast TV as in 70s.
Consumer choice would initially be very limited in many consumer based goods.
Servers at restaurants and other service worker would probably become more 'attractive' due to more physical activity.

Political:
Corruption would continue and grow unabated with little chance to broadcast
Puerile news would likely be less disseminated but still there (back to tabloid weeklies et al)
People would likely get more involved in local politics
Taxing municipalities would be happy to regain some lost revenues on goods / services.

Social:
People would have to reorient to nearer proximity friends for newly developed 'activities' and depending on shared interests increased face time. More board games, cards, outdoor play and TV 'viewing get together' versus on line gaming. Younger generation would have most difficulty - especially for those totally absorbed in internet connected mobile device tethering.
Porn magazine racks and DVDs would proliferate with loss of on line.


Most everyone would increase vocabulary skills due to increased vocalizing versus typing - children especially.
Certain cult types would panic and await some bizarre scenario(s).

Some people 55 and older would likely enjoy it in some ways as a return / reflection of their youth and formative years pace of life / communication style.
Some shut in or introverted types would dislike it as it would result in a diminished sphere of like minded people one could meet, inquire, converse, and share ideas with and return to more social isolation.

City - Data would be huge print bound reference volumes at Libraries.

The Amish would probably find the whole situation humorous.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:13 PM
 
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All of the people would panic!
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:28 AM
 
Location: 48.0710° N, 118.1989° W
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I'm interpreting this Q as only internet is down but PC's are still in use.
Business / Commerce / Economic:
International trade / commerce would have about a year or two glitch as old ways of doing things get reapplied.
Financial Institutions would bring back many manual processing steps re employing a significant number to process.
USPS would be elated.

POTS telephony would rebound well as VOIP would be negated.
Retail brick and mortar would be happiest as traffic would increase tremendously.
Certain industries would have massive downtime as they re engineer / retool / reorganize i.e. decentralize many functional areas.
Companies would hire more in the sales / distribution / logistics departments, and warehouses would sprout up in more areas.
Individual LOBs in large corps would likely increase geographic department presence.
Office equipment Fax machine manufacturers would ramp up.
Printing companies (media) would be ramped up - especially porn.
Media companies would be dominated by print and broadcast TV as in 70s.
Consumer choice would initially be very limited in many consumer based goods.
Servers at restaurants and other service worker would probably become more 'attractive' due to more physical activity.

Political:
Corruption would continue and grow unabated with little chance to broadcast
Puerile news would likely be less disseminated but still there (back to tabloid weeklies et al)
People would likely get more involved in local politics
Taxing municipalities would be happy to regain some lost revenues on goods / services.

Social:
People would have to reorient to nearer proximity friends for newly developed 'activities' and depending on shared interests increased face time. More board games, cards, outdoor play and TV 'viewing get together' versus on line gaming. Younger generation would have most difficulty - especially for those totally absorbed in internet connected mobile device tethering.
Porn magazine racks and DVDs would proliferate with loss of on line.


Most everyone would increase vocabulary skills due to increased vocalizing versus typing - children especially.
Certain cult types would panic and await some bizarre scenario(s).

Some people 55 and older would likely enjoy it in some ways as a return / reflection of their youth and formative years pace of life / communication style.
Some shut in or introverted types would dislike it as it would result in a diminished sphere of like minded people one could meet, inquire, converse, and share ideas with and return to more social isolation.

City - Data would be huge print bound reference volumes at Libraries.

The Amish would probably find the whole situation humorous.

I definitely would find it humorous as well. I'm not Amish, but I've seen my sister in law literally have a nervous breakdown at our house from no cell service/internet for 5 days, it was the funniest thing I've ever seen. She was behaving like someone would who lost their wallet at a mall or a woman whose purse was ripped out of her hands. All she could talk about is leaving and getting to somewhere that has service, quite pathetic really.

When we first moved where we live we didn't have internet for about 2 weeks and the only cell provider that even has remotely decent service is AT&T. All of our family members that helped us move (except my parents) would not stop complaining about the lack of cell service. I told them they need to learn how to disconnect and enjoy life and nature. (Mind you, I'm 28 as is my wife and everyone that helped was twice our age)

I use the internet as a tool, and a means of entertainment from time to time. I like forums, I belong to several of them. Like right now, I'm on CD posting this and checking other threads of mine while I wait for coffee to brew...then I'm going outside to do yard work
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I definitely would find it humorous as well. I'm not Amish, but I've seen my sister in law literally have a nervous breakdown at our house from no cell service/internet for 5 days, it was the funniest thing I've ever seen. She was behaving like someone would who lost their wallet at a mall or a woman whose purse was ripped out of her hands. All she could talk about is leaving and getting to somewhere that has service, quite pathetic really.

When we first moved where we live we didn't have internet for about 2 weeks and the only cell provider that even has remotely decent service is AT&T. All of our family members that helped us move (except my parents) would not stop complaining about the lack of cell service. I told them they need to learn how to disconnect and enjoy life and nature. (Mind you, I'm 28 as is my wife and everyone that helped was twice our age)

I use the internet as a tool, and a means of entertainment from time to time. I like forums, I belong to several of them. Like right now, I'm on CD posting this and checking other threads of mine while I wait for coffee to brew...then I'm going outside to do yard work
That's one thing I like about going on cruises. When we hit international waters I make sure my phone is off and in the lockbox. I really enjoy being disconnected for a few days. It's refreshing.
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