A World Without The Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Seems hard to imagine, doesn’t it?  A world without Internet (or as I like to call it, The Dark Ages).  A time when the latest technology consisted of a Sony Walkman cassette player and a VHS video recorder (or Betamax, if you are REALLY that old to remember that far back).  A time of newspapers instead of Google News, and a time of posting letters through a mailbox instead of email. I know, scary stuff which you can use to make horror stories to frighten the kids with on Halloween.

Although it’s hard to believe, it’s only been less than 20 years since the Internet hit the mainstream, and during that time, the world has irrevocably changed forever. Revolutions have been fought over Facebook and Twitter. Political wars (under the guise of SOPA and CISPA) are still going on, and thanks to the web, the MakeUseOf staff have a job. I guess the only people who wouldn’t be sad to see the Internet fail would be the post office. Then we would have to go back to mailing our letters again, instead of using that new-fangled email technology.

Let us know what you think of the infographic in the comments. What do you think the world would be like, without the Internet? Would it be better or worse? Has the Internet improved or worsened the state of the world we live in today?

Infographic Source: www.onlineeducation.net

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Comments (24)
  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I can’t imagine living in a world without internet, but possibly life would be a lot more relaxed (‘laid back’, not necessarily unproductive). Nowadays we’re living in anxiety over emails, notifications, and else. No more surprise when you receive a letter, things like that.
    Living in a country without gadgets for a few weeks will cure you from internet addiction…or make it worse.

  • Kylee Kanavas

    Totally off subject, What does leveling up do? Like what is so special about becoming a geek apprentice. Im still going to try and lvl up though.

  • Peter James Escobar

    This is true if the world has no internet it looks like nothing and no civilization!

  • Mayur Godhani

    An amazing and accurate info-graphic on the topic of “A world without the internet”
    Well,…. we can’t imagine the world without the internet, i never think so,.. and if you force me to answer my opinion about A world without internet topic..
    My answer would be “We will go in stone-age again, without an internet “…

  • Jane Beckman

    I remember when the net was flat… But I was an early adopter of so many things internet, including Facebook. It has allowed me to connect with far-flung connections from childhood, and Usenet brought me a husband and multiple boyfriends were met through the Net. But those were earlier days. The internet has changed many thing, but I now look at it in terms of being too big for its own success. Noise to bandwidth has become almost unworkable, in terms of search results. Once you step outside something like Wikipedia, you find it almost impossible to find information–or separate it from marketing, which is constant. I wonder if we are rapidly reaching the point of CB radio in the late ’70s, where there were too many people using it for it to be effective. I don’t think we’ll ever be able for function without some version of email, or electronic archive or whatever, but from an information-delivery standpoint, the internet is a victim of its own success. We are going to have to find a new paradigm, to keep functioning with any degree of effectiveness.

    • Maureen Miller

      I agree with both Jane and Perspicacious, being old enough to remember life before the internet, which really came into my scope in the late 80’s as I was getting out of college.

      I have long thought that the internet has not brought unadulterated enjoyment and well-being to all, by any means, despite its many benefits and conveniences. Certainly, I am on it enough every day, but having the memories of life before, I find the need to look for balance in my life.

      I used to be an avid reader of books; now I find myself on blogs and forums, etc. This to me is not always the obviously superior choice. Recently, I have started carving out more time for books. I am in particular avoiding any kind of online reading/book forum to do so. Additionally, I read a few ebooks online that I don’t own, but again, on my own.

      I enjoyed things being slower and smaller to a certain degree, and to my mind, a bit more manageable. When I look to see where the internet appears to be going, I only see it picking up speed from here on out; seemingly a primary directive for itself. As mentioned, I believe the internet started off as a very useful tool and has since, I believe, became a daily taskmaster of sorts that many people’s lives, mine included, revolve around.

      What I think would be really neat is if there were widespread classes in public school aimed at teaching children how to manage their internet time and how to merge that better with real life activities.

      I certainly agree with Perspicacious that online retailers often treat brick-and-mortar stores as ‘show rooms’ and have done so myself. But, indeed what happens to online shopping when brick-and-mortars are largely gone, due to the success of online shopping. How will the desire for at least some shoppers to see in person what they might be interested in buying be treated or ignored by the internet. I have seen many amazing tools offered by online stores, such as the ability to ‘try something on’ but it falls far short of actually trying something on, at least in my experience.

      Jane mentioned the need of a new paradigm. I look forward to one with great interest.

    • TtfnJohn

      A agree with those who say that the Web, perhaps more than the Internet itself, that needs the new paradigm. (Remembering that the Web is not the Internet, only protocol running on it.)

      Perhaps we are the ones that need the new paradigm. We made the decision to be always “on”. We’re the ones that poke about looking to see what’s happening on some of our favourite sites and chats in case we miss something “earth shattering”. At least that’s how a large number of us treat it. Myself included.

      It’s a decision many of us faced when cell phones first appeared. A great number of us suddenly felt the need to be reachable at every hour of every day in every circumstance. So we carried the damned things with us all the time, always turned on, and treating it and the person calling as more important than the person we were with. I think most of us have now got boundaries around what those things we’ll allow to interrupt, smart or not. though far too many of us still allow it to interrupt when we should be paying attention to the job at hand like driving or using potentially dangerous power tools.
      Will we get there with the Web and the rest of the Internet? I think so. And some day we’ll draw boundaries around that too. Amazon can be the place we buy a ton of things but soon the reality strikes that it can’t FIX any of it should something go wrong. And that the store that could have fixed it might have just closed because it lost traffic and profit to Amazon and the like.
      I use Amazon but not to the exclusion of local businesses. I still much prefer that strange thing called human contact.
      As for sexual predators, bullies and that sort of creature. They were around pre-Internet. Harassing phone calls, for example, bully boy bosses who far to often became bosses only because they were good at being bullies, stolen credit cards, stolen trash, so the crook could find out lots about us and on it goes.
      Maybe I’m the one that needs the new paradigm. Maybe I’m the one that needs to turn the thing off every once in a while. I won’t be the worst for it. That’s for sure. I might even be better for it. I’d find better balance in my life if I did. ;-)
      As for the infographic, it was a bit too long, there were places in it that I’d wished had a few down-arrows or the word continued every here and there. Or broken into sub-infographics when subtopics like social and economic impact were being presented.
      But a world without the Web and the Internet it rides on? Unthinkable now. It’s just changed our economies, social relationships and ourselves too much to ever go back.
      We could learn to turn it off though.

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