In communicating with this inspiring writer, the question was asked ‘what if suddenly one day we lost all internet access?’ Which led me to write this:
Isn’t is strange how the internet has become so ….”life-giving” -for lack of a better term? I spent the first ten years of my life in the beautiful island of Jamaica; a life in which many would define as a privileged one. The next ten years I spent in NJ. During these first 20+ years the internet held no importance to me. Even during the first couple years of college, I used the computers simply to write papers. I don’t know at what point the internet became so important. But somewhere between then and now, the internet has become this life-giving beast. People who would have otherwise been timid, shy, introverts became bold, outgoing extroverts with so much to say and are able to do so un-apologetically. People who were the first to exit a face-to-face conflict found the boldness to instigate “beefs online” with whoever they pleased. All while hiding behind a profile/username/avatar…
So, what would we do if “the people” hacked in and knocked out our internet? We’d HAVE to go back to having face-to-face conversations and conflicts again. Writing letters and waiting DAYS for a reply. How many of us would go back to literally writing/journaling our thoughts/poetry/prose in a book? … People would lose FB “friends” and Instagram/Twitter followers, so how many FRIENDS would you truly have? And online dating! Well, we would be forced to now approach and be approached by strangers on our day to day living, which also means we’d have to re-learn how to LOGICALLY and INTELLECTUALLY ACCEPT and DEAL WITH REJECTION. Well, hell. Is that even possible to re-learn or (for many) learn anew such a skill? Or would we resort to being a secluded, isolated people who-for fear of real-life, real-time, face to face responses- decide that being alone just isn’t so bad after all. Would relationships last longer due to the international force and requirement to actually love the one you’re with because going out and finding someone to ‘balance your needs‘ would be too much? Or would relationships be shortened even more so because you’ll suddenly have the time to realize that the one you’re with really isn’t worth your time and effort? Physical books, newspapers and magazines would once again be all the craze. Imagine that… Bookstores and libraries would boom with business once again. OH POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!!! So what would you do? How would you cope? COULD you deal with having no internet access? How do you see this playing out especially for this current generation?
Let me know!