That question was raised in the WordPress challenge I’m taking part in, a few days ago. The wording of it could have been different. The answer is YES, of course I could live without the Internet. Would I want to? No, no way! I’m an «internet addict» but not in any negative way.
I’m fortunate enough to be of a certain age, so I’ve lived the transition. Kids, being born today, will take it for granted, just as I did with the telephone when I grew up.
The web has meant a lot to me on many levels and I haven’t had one bad experience. A while back, I wrote up three — rather lengthy — posts about my Internet experience from 1996. They are here, in case you care to read them:
I live far away from my homeland … there’s the whole Atlantic Ocean in between. I read my local newspaper back home, I can listen to Swedish news or watch … I keep in touch with friends and family with email and photo sharing. If I’m not finished with my library book tomorrow, I’ll just go online and change the date so I can have it for a week longer. I follow local hockey games on Twitter, I check the latest news, we have video chats with my husband’s son in Quebec … the list could go on and on.
These are ‘small’ things and all personal … for sure I could live without that. It’s just the convenience of it all! If I want to make sure I have the right pronunciation of a word, it’s right there at my fingertips … listening to it is a whole different thing compared to figuring out the phonetics in the dictionary.
On a different level … if I try to envision in my imagination that the entire web were to be shut down — which we all have had reason to think about lately, due to current events — then the question arises; what would it be like? Would the infrastructure work at all? We’ve already made ourselves so dependent on the Internet … almost as bad as electricity.
We’ve made ourselves vulnerable to all kinds of threats, but I love this web that now covers our planet … the web that makes it possible for me to connect with people that I’d never would have met in real life.
I just read another blogger’s take on this topic, that I found both entertaining and well-written.