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The Internet is a key ingredient in the lives of many people. This series of tubes is so pervasive that the MakeUseOf readership would rather give up alcohol, caffeine, and assorted body parts Internet Valued More Than Alcohol, Caffeine, Random Body Parts [We Ask You Results] Internet Valued More Than Alcohol, Caffeine, Random Body Parts [We Ask You Results] The Internet ranks pretty highly on a make-believe list of life's essentials. But how highly? We sought to find out in last week's We Ask You column, and the results were illuminating. Read More before they gave up access to the Web. That’s commitment for you.

The problem is, however much a person loves the Internet, a solid connection can never be guaranteed. The Internet does, on occasion, go down, at which time everyone affected by the outage screams at whoever is in earshot in frustration and longing. And then…

The Internet Is Down! What Now?

We want to know, What Do You Do When The Internet Goes Down? This is a very simple question with a mindboggling array of different possible answers. We want you to give us just one each, detailing your normal course of action when your modem suffers a brainfart.

You may just switch to using your smartphone to access the Internet, which is fair enough. If this is your first port of call then tell us how that changes your browsing habits. Do you limit yourself to only doing certain things?

If you don’t switch to your smartphone then what do you do? After first panicking, of course. Perhaps you prepare for the downtime 6 Things You Can Prepare For Internet Downtime 6 Things You Can Prepare For Internet Downtime The Internet’s down, everybody panic! If you’ve ever said that, out loud, maybe it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for outages. Read More in various ways, like some sort of obsessive Nostradamus type?


Do you take the practical approach and try to fix things, turning everything on and off again (always the first step to take)? Do you get angry, shouting at family members and kicking the cat? Do you take the positive approach, and take the opportunity to do something else instead?

As Akshata discovered when she went offline for a week What Happened When I Went Completely Offline For A Week What Happened When I Went Completely Offline For A Week Living in the Internet era has changed us to such an extent that the idea of having to live completely offline even for a little while sounds like a prison sentence. But it really isn't. Read More , a break from the Internet can be a good time to explore other interests; interests that you have let lapse because of the hold the Internet has on your free time.

If that is what you do when the Internet goes down, what activities do you undertake? Do you read a book, watch TV, go out for a walk, sit twiddling your thumbs, or something else? We want to hear from you, no matter how banal or bizarre your response may be.

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