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Can you live without the Internet?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by dav1dz, May 1, 2013.

  1. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    Canada
  2. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
    Cool story. But a lot of it really depends on where you live or what you do. There's still places around the globe that have not heard of the internet.

    Where I live and for what I do, most probably not. Actually, I'll be unemployed if I stop using the internet :)
     
  3. daimos

    daimos Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2010
    Ottawa,Ontario,Canada
    richard
    thinking of ditching my smartphone's data plan when it expires.
    i don`t know the advantages of seeing my friends' vacation pictures 12 hours before anybody else.
     
  4. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    My dad can't live without it, and he's 95!!!
     
  5. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    What a terrible thought!!

    I get all my news online -- Libération, Le Monde, BBC, The Guardian, NYTimes, and so on. I doubt I could afford subscriptions to the paper version of them all, and the overseas papers would be a week old by the time I got them.

    Yes, I could live without it. But at the moment I'd rather not.
     
  6. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Can, but won't.
     
  7. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2011
    Nope... Well, technically I can live, But man, I've been connected since '94 when I was 14. Prodigy what up! My first recurring bill as an adult was AOL. Seriously it would be weird.
     
  8. voltcontrol

    voltcontrol Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 26, 2013
    I could live on a deserted island. Cool story from The Verge. One of my daily stops too.
     
  9. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Um,no.Why?
     
  10. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I can quit anytime I want ... just don't want to.
     
  11. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

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    I want to give that guy a hug after reading that. He clearly was looking to find some answers through the process, but didn't at all. It seems like he benefitted from the 'decompression' at the start, the newness of the situation, but it didn't last. His social anxiety and passivity is something he'll have to get to grips with gradually, there won't be one big fix.

    It completely speaks to me, the idea that an existence without the internet isn't reality. When so much of what we do happens online, a life without the internet seems somewhat false, you're denying an essential part of human interaction. When everything around you is enabled by it, you're still indirectly a part of it.
     
  12. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Robert
    I'm either a "right in the middle of it" or "far far away from it" type of person. Since I work in software engineering and live in a fair-sized city, no, I probably would be doing myself a disservice to avoid the internet, and there's no good reason to try. But give me the means to support myself and a cabin in the woods or a shack on the beach and I can tell you right now that I'd never miss it.
     
  13. Jay86

    Jay86 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 26, 2012
    If I moved to a small island with a few million in the bank account I could probably live without the internet.

    As is stands heck no! lol. Cool article btw and thanks for sharing :)
     
  14. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Already dropped my cell service. Net next? Nah, not yet.
     
  15. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    N Devon UK
    Geoff
    But it would be easy for you .... you have a spork :cool:
     
  16. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Sure!
    I'm old enough to remember life without it :cool:
     
  17. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Honestly? No.

    I am paid via the internet.
    I receive work rosters via internet.
    I access home, contents, healthcare and car insurance via the internet.
    ALL of my uni correspondence and assessment was delivered via internet.

    Dropping the internet isn't just ignoring cat photos in Instagram...
     
  18. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    LoL okay well if we're getting that granular - then might as well ask if the world can exist without it :smile:
     
  19. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I used to meet chicks on AOL chat back when I was in HS. Good times! :tongue:
     
  20. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
    MN
    Tom
    LOL me too!

    As for the internet....yeah I COULD live without it...but I wouldn't want to LOL :biggrin:

    Although I've always admired people who could live off the grid and just moved to the middle of nowhere. Stories like that fascinate me.