Can you ever imagine days without the internet? No facebook, twitter or any other social media, Not only that Google Maps, Credit card payments and everything that depends on the internet.
So Let’s see what will happen if the Internet got Stopped.
Someone can argue that this kind of situation can be beneficial. People can take their eyes off screens and start up real-life conversations with each other. Since Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp are not working people would discover that smartphones can actually make phone calls without the internet.
We would bring back fax machines, and start making hand notes. We would have TVs and Radios to make us entertained. The world would not fall apart.
In fact, with almost half of the entire world having no access to the internet the other half of the humanity wouldn’t notice a difference. But if you are an internet user, you would notice right away! People who heavily depended on the internet and used to use VOIP services (Voice over internet protocol) would start using the normal phone lines. That would overload the existing telecommunication systems unless cell phone towers and telephone lines were also shut down.
Then you would go back to writing letters and sending them via post. Forget about wireless file transfers. With no WiFi, you would have to use a physical cable to connect two computers or CDs and USB drivers.
Financial data generally stored on servers and banking services largely depend on the Internet. So E-transfers would be impossible. Your credit and debit card would become a useless piece of plastic. People who invested in cryptocurrencies like BTC (Bitcoin) and ETH (Etherium) would be affected by losing all of their wealth and never be recoverable.
On top of that, large companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon would go out of business, losing their combined revenue of almost $400 billion. Hundreds of thousands of people would be left unemployed. Even companies that only rely on the internet as a means of advertising would be affected. Developed countries would lose entire industries, and face economic crisis.
What about those countries with just a small internet presence? They would be affected too. As international trade is dependent on the internet. So is the world’s transit. With no internet access between airports, planes, ships, and commercial trucking, we would go back to tracking goods on paper. This would rais the market value of transported products.
At least you could still travel. However, you won’t have social media to share your travel photos anymore. Wonder if the internet shutdown is even possible? Well, not on a worldwide level. Some countries have actually introduced mechanisms to block or completely shut down the use of the internet in their countries. That will intentionally shut down internet and telephone communications. But stopping the whole internet is harder than just cutting off a couple of submarine cables.
The internet is the global network of many other computer networks. It doesn’t depend on a single machine. Even if one part of it went offline, others would remain functional.
So don’t worry, you will still be able to order your dinner tonight. And let us know what you imagine about days without the internet.