What If The Internet Was Never Invented?

What If The Internet Was Never Invented?


What If The Internet Never Existed? As a millennial, it is hard for me to imagine
life without the internet. From Baby Boomers and beyond, the internet
has begun to infiltrate all corners of our lives and minds. The elderly may be the last generation alive
to have known a life without the free flowing digital communication we have today. The world has changed so much since the internet
began to evolve in 1983Öbut what would life be like without it? Hello and welcome back to Lifeís Biggest
Questions, I am Rebecca Felgate and today weíre asking the rather terrifying question
of What if The Internet Never Existed. The concept is almost so vast and adverse
to everything we know now; itís hard to get your head around it. Technology would have advanced but just without
the internet, so the world would have moved on from what we knew in the 90sÖ One word. Paper. So much paper. No more emails, no more computerized letters
or ecardsÖ instead people would still be sending actual letters on a much vaster scale
than they do now. Can you even imagine not being able to share
information via emailÖno DropboxÖnothingÖhowever, in the years before the dawn of the internet,
the world felt the desire to become more fast paced. Pneumatic tubes were becoming a thing ñ fast
paced tube networks that would deliver paper around buildings. Maybe we would have expanded on that and developed
fast tube networks to cross streets, cities, or maybe even countries? These days, we havenít had the need to quicken
up our sluggish mail service, but if thatís all we had, perhaps we would have. So it is pretty much looking like paper would
be our main form of communication without the easy sharing of the digital word. The digitalization era arguably effected the
world of Broadcast more than anything else, so without the internet, it may be fair to
say that people would still very much rely on newspapers and television for our daily
news, which may be detrimental. Now, breaking news can be received in an instant,
from several sources, not just news publications, which we all know have their own biases. So far it sound like the world without the
internet could be very paper orientated, so weíd need to step up our recycling game. That being said, deforestation and excess
paper was becoming an issue in the 90s before the world began their journey to paperless. Perhaps we would have found a way to utilize
digital word without being able to share it over the internet, for example, book shops
ñ which would be thriving by the way ñ may instead sell USB sticks with information on
them, which could then be plugged into a screen or an electronic reader, much like kindles
and ipads of todayÖbut with no internet function. Anyone remember teletext ñ it was text based
TV channel that shared news in simple text and shape format in a rolling screen. This was how we used to check sports scores
and TV times without the internetÖI am guessing that Teletext would have upped its game, and
we would have a breadth of TV channels that offered rolling text services for immediate
news readingÖ.like a very very crude google with very very limited possibilities. When 9/11 happened and the internet was still
not yet fully formed, many news pages crashed due to high visitor rates, but good old teletext
kept going strong. Speaking of TVÖ. EeshÖcan you imagine a world without Netflix
and other streaming services? While I am sure we would have upped our Television
recording game, we couldnít have as many shows as we wanted at our finger tips and
piracy would be crude USB sharing! For entertainment, we would be forced to watch
what was available to us, so lets hope show distribution was kind and we would all be
able to watch Game of Thrones at the same time, rather than the tapes, or whatever they
may be, having to be sent over to America and Vice versa as with old TV shows! Although, of course, the upside is that life
would be spoiler free! GuysÖblockbuster might even still be a thing! The music industry would perhaps enjoy more
record sales, but how could we watch Taylor Swifts Look What You Made Me Do on repeatÖunless
television responded to our needs and started widening its channel optionsÖheres hoping
in a world without internet, there would be a TV channel for everything. I am pretty sure we would still have iPodsÖremember
how long they took to sync! Imagine a world with no social media? Its easy if you tryÖ.no liking photos, no
arty snaps of your eyeÖ.imagine all the peopleÖ.living for todayÖ.yoouuÖhoo. Seriously though? No Youtube, no social media stars, no instagram
stars, no bloggersÖwhile it may be good for vanity, It would be terrible for the self-made
entrepreneur. The internet allowed us a platform to broadcast
ourselves and choose our celebrities, who were previously handed to us by movies and
television only. Without the internet, self discovery and independent
learning would take a huge blow. I am sure libraries would have upped their
game, maybe weíd even have hologram projections to learn from, but knowledge would no longer
be at the touch of a buttonÖyou would have to seek it and I canít imagine that ever
being a good thing. We may not have internet, but we would still
have mobile phones, they would just be tiny! Phone were getting smaller before they were
internet capable, they only got big again when we started using the screens for browsing
the net. Texting would still be huge, with phone companies
capitalizing on that. Our main source of global communication would
be texting, perhaps broadcast outlets would have sign up text service so you could receive
headlines that way, who knows. The main effect we would see on the world
without internet is a change in social interaction. The internet extends our sphere of communication,
allowing us to talk to more people than ever before. Without it, we would lose touch with people
far away, but on the plus side, we would be forced to talk more to our neighbours. Again, on the downsideÖwe would have to go
to more painful lengths to find friends and partnersÖif you can find a soul mate in your
own back yard then great, but I for one think the internet is a beautiful thing in allowing
us to connect with people we may have otherwise never have found. Oh my..I could continue but I had better stop
thereÖthis question is so vastÖwe are so far down the digital rabbit hole it is hard
to imagine what would have happened had we taken a different turn! What do you think the world would be like
if the internet never existedÖlet me know in the comments below. For now..I am glad its here so we can continue
to research and bring you many more Lifeís Biggest Questions.

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