The Internet is an important – some would say dominant – part of modern life. It provides opportunities for work and play, education and entertainment, and everything else you care to mention. It’s this unending well of variety that has people more addicted to the Internet than they are more traditionally addicting substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine.
The impact the Internet has had on our lives, and its continued presence in almost everything we do, makes it all the more frustrating when it suddenly and inexplicably disappears. When the Internet goes down, life goes on, as we discovered during last week’s We Ask You discussion.
Who Needs The Internet, Anyway?!
We asked you, What Do You Do When The Internet Goes Down? We had a good number of responses, and the answers we received to the question were rather eclectic. Thankfully most people know better than to merely sit staring at their screen, unsure of what to do in order to stop the error messages appearing.
I say most people, because a few commenters suggested that, or something very similar, is exactly what they do. Then they eventually resort to trying the same simple fixes (switching the modem on and off again) that we all try at least once before giving up.
Thankfully, the vast majority of you aren’t addicted to the Internet to the point that getting back online after an outage is the be all and end all. It’s almost as if the MakeUseOf readership is made up of sensible, intelligent people; who suggest doing the following when the Internet goes down…
- Use someone else’s Wi-Fi.
- Get drunk.
- Read a book.
- Go for a walk.
- Do some exercise.
- Listen to music.
- Meet up with friends.
- Go geocaching.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from A41202813GMAIL, Bob, and Hildy J. Comment Of The Week goes to Jo-anne P, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
Ok, I am going to be very honest. I love the internet if I could I would marry it, I have asked but it still has not replied. I am on Bell and I have the whole bundle, phone, mobile, satellite and internet so when someone runs over the Bell box two doors down (placed at the end of a driveway) I am dead in the water. Everything is hooked up through my Wi-Fi so no phone, no internet. It’s just me, my son the cats and the tv.
The first thing I do is look out the front door to see if the box has been run over yet again. Then I turn off the modem. By this time my son who is a huge gamer realizes that its not lag it’s dead. He comes in and resets the modem yet again. We stare at the lights both saying a little prayer. He is concerned for the other members of his team in whatever game he is playing. I am thinking about all the contests, coupons, twitter parties and freebies I am missing. We watch the lights on the modem and it’s not looking good. I pick up the phone and call Bell. By now we are both sweating/stressing does this mean we are going to have to talk to each other?
I jest we talk all the time just not when gaming, couponing, contesting, tweeting. Bell says they will have a technician out between 8-12 the day after tomorrow. Gasp! We manage to get through the two days, I catch up on some reviews, read a book. He dusts off his psp and plays a few oldies. We watch a few shows and muddle through.
It was not pleasant and this is our 3rd go round with the Bell box but they have installed a steel pole beside it in case anyone else wants to run it over. Sadly they put it on the wrong side so the box is going to get nailed again only this time they will be removing a car from the box as it will be stuck on the pole.
Bottom line we live but we whine and biatch a bit.
We chose this comment because it recounts a personal experience of what happens when the Internet goes down. It also details the differences between what a mother and son miss when this happens. And to top it off, it opens with a marriage proposal to the Internet.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.