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The fact that you’re reading these words at this very moment means you’re connected to the rest of the world via the Internet. It’s easy to forget how epic the Internet is, and how much it has grown since it first 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 . But it pays to remember on occasion what a phenomenal resource we have at our fingertips.

Obviously not everybody in the world has access to the pleasures of the online world, with millions of people yet to have experienced the Internet and everything it has to offer. Which is a crying shame for something that the majority of us take for granted. So perhaps it’s time for those of us who may well be addicted 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 (even just a little) to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be connected.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Would You Give Up Before The Internet? Imagine creating a list with the key things in your life ranked in order of how much you need/want them. Where would Internet access rank on that list? And what things would rank above and below it?

Unless you’re extremely lucky and have the best ISP Ookla Net Index: Find the Fastest ISP in Your Area Ookla Net Index: Find the Fastest ISP in Your Area Read More in the world, then you will have, at some point, experienced life without the Internet. Everyone should, of course, take breaks from the Internet Take A Break From the Internet - You’ll Thank Yourself Later [Opinion] Take A Break From the Internet - You’ll Thank Yourself Later [Opinion] Oh, the Internet. One of the most world-changing inventions of the past century, perhaps even in all of human history. Never before has everything been so available in so little effort for so low a... Read More , but there’s a big difference between choosing to stay offline for a while, and having access to the Internet denied for whatever reason.

It’s at times like these that many of us would give anything for the chance to get back online. So imagine yourself in that scenario and let us know what you would (and wouldn’t) give up before the Internet. Be creative but brutally honest. Be specific without being boring.

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I would assume everyone would list food and water above the Internet on this imaginary list, but it could be argued that having the Internet available to use would mean you could source these other things — and anything else you desired in life — anyway. So it’s an interesting practical and philosophical question to ponder.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a free MakeUseOf T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

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