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The Internet is an integral part of everyday life for many of us now, forming the central hub around which we live. You may consider that an exaggeration, but people work, play, date, and socialize online. Which is a pretty stunning revelation for a technology that only hit the mainstream in the 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More .

This means the Internet surely 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 pretty illuminating. They suggest that there isn’t much that someone, somewhere wouldn’t give up for continued access to the Internet.

The Results

We asked you, What Would You Give Up Before The Internet? We had a great response, with dozens of people responding to the question by telling us exactly what they would and wouldn’t give up before they let the Internet disappear out of their lives.

Faced with that prospect, some of you panicked, promising to give up those things most of us hold extremely dear. While I have no doubt that most of these answers were given in jest, it’s still disarming to hear people saying they would give up “minor extremities,” “my left nut,” “food and water,” “eating,” “my two children,” and “my wife.” All for this series of tubes we commonly refer to as the Internetz.

More serious (but less worrying) things people would give up before the Internet include their smartphone, free time, car, expensive clothes, TV, guns, sugar, caffeine, radio, alcohol, scotch whisky, and… asparagus. Yes, asparagus, which I’m sure we’d all gladly give up without question.


One thing to take away from this discussion is the number of things that a device such as a PC, tablet, or smartphone with a good Internet connection can replace. It would actually be quite easy to give up TV, radio, games, newspapers, books, etc. when alternatives to these are all available online.

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of Jason N, Hal, and Tim O, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Karen, who won with this comment What Would You Give Up Before the Internet? [We Ask You] What Would You Give Up Before the Internet? [We Ask You] Imagine creating a list with the key things in your life ranked in order of how much you need them. Where would Internet access rank on that list? What would rank above and below it? Read More :

All of my free time… oh wait, I’ve already given that up TO the internet.

This comment is only short, but it actually makes a great point. As much as we all value the Internet for how it has improved and simplified our lives, its omnipresence isn’t a wholly positive thing. Everything in moderation is a good adage to live by, and it surely applies to the Internet Are You Addicted to the Internet? [You Told Us] Are You Addicted to the Internet? [You Told Us] The Internet is perhaps the greatest invention of all time. It's certainly up there amongst the main contenders, even now when it's still only in its infancy. The possibilities this interconnected web of computer networks... Read More as well as it applies to anything else.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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