You read more and more often about people trying to quit using the Internet for a week or even a month to see the impact it has on their life. No matter if we like it or not, it does have a huge impact on us – technology, as well as internet. So what would happen in an internet crisis? What if you wake up tomorrow and realize we’ve been thrown back a few decades (at least) and there’s no internet available anywhere, anymore? This is what we’re going to talk about in today’s article and we’ll see why a potential internet crisis or a world without internet would be a real survival situation!
If you live in a city or even at the countryside, you depend on Internet use on a daily basis, even if you realize it or not. The fact that you stopped surfing the net on your computer, mobile phone or other devices and lived to tell the world about it, tells us more about your social skills than it tells us about your survival skills. Here’s the thing: we depend so much on the Internet today that living without it would be a question of survival than it would be a question of diminishing the quality of our life!
Close your eyes and imagine there is no Internet starting tomorrow. What do you see? Of course, at first you will be tempted to think about your life (your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Netflix and so on)! If you want to get a picture of what happens in only 1 minute on the Internet, here’s the status: over 200 million e-mails are being sent, over 300 000 logins on Facebook, over 120 000 tweets sent, more than 2 million search queries on Google and almost as many videos seen. All in just 1 minute. And that’s just the social side of thing.
Then, you might think about the cultural impact – how the internet helped getting people together, how you can access information from all sources etc. But don’t get too lost in these aspects! Think simple. Go back to basics, think of a normal day and imagine what would happen if an Internet crisis started tomorrow. Stuff that’s not immediately visible and things you definitely don’t think about on a daily basis:
1. Political crisis (intelligence agencies would stop working, smart grid structures developed in the USA would have problems resisting, national defense would be affected as communication means would suffer a major blow)
2. Economic crisis (loss of electronic banking, loss of PayPal, all transactions would be cash only, for a small amount of time we would probably go back to trading goods)
3. Unavailable cable and satellite service (which would lead to unavailable cell phone services, unavailable Cloud services, loss of all data stored virtually)
4. Job loss (almost all companies would be affected, the first ones being those that depend on the Internet – giants like Google, Amazon, Microsoft would disappear instantly, very few sectors would be untouched because even if they don’t depend themselves on the Internet, they work with other companies that do)
5. E-commerce shut down (which would globally lead to loss of huge amounts of money – which brings us back to the economic crisis, huge amounts of goods would become unavailable – think here about the essentials like prescription drugs or food)
6. Power outages and probably even more things.
Now thinking of all this, it kind of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? An Internet crisis would be a survival crisis and you need to be prepared. Living a day or a week without accessing the Internet doesn’t even begin to cover it, because it’s your choice and internet doesn’t actually stop working for everybody else. This is what keeps the world turning today and without internet we would all be in big trouble!
Fortunately, I am here to help you get prepared for any type of crisis, so hopefully you get to read all our articles before the SHTF.