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Could you manage without internet access?

  Forum Editor 23:34 18 Aug 2012
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I'm a self-confessed internet addict, spending a good deal of my working life online, and I'm afraid I have to check my emails, even when I'm on holiday.

I'm not alone but I wonder just how many of you also recognise the symptoms in yourselves - would you be OK without the internet for a couple of weeks, or if you're honest, would you feel something was missing if you didn't get your daily on-line fix?

  Terry Brown 19:37 25 Aug 2012

As it has ben said, unless you actualy need it to make a living, most of us can do without, although life would be a bit harder having to queue up for shopping, paying Bills etc, but other people without a computer (or smartphone) do, so I expect I could manage.

It might even do me good to get out more and talk to real people.

My biggest bugbear is not the Internet, but the people who use their mobile phones in public area's like Theatre or on Public Transport and talk (What sounds like) the top of their voice.

We don't want to know your business, arguments, just getting on/off xx, home in xx minutes etc.

Please use a bit respect for other people

Terry

  LastChip 00:17 26 Aug 2012

"What they seem to miss is the fact that more or less everything on the internet involves reading."

Unquestionably, true!

When I was at school many, many years ago, my worst subject was writing. My spelling was quite appalling and I had a general hate of anything that was remotely connected with the written word. Could do better, was a regular and monotonous comment that will stay with me until I die.

When computers came along, I learned to write sufficiently well to make myself understood. The use of a spell checker, helped me learn how to spell correctly and while I'll admit to my grammar on occasions being a little lacking, it's improved unbelievably over the years. Writing technical answers here on the PCA forums, really makes you focus on whether your answer could be understood by someone else.

For me, computers are not only a bit of an obsession, but also a tool that has helped me personally no end.

Furthermore, my newly found confidence in writing, has made it not something to be hated, but an enjoyable experience.

So quite how critics can substantiate their claim, is a puzzle.

I saw the benefits of computers early on and as a result, made sure my children had full access to computers way before they were the norm at school. This has had major benefits for them, and they can type faster than I can think, even though they have never been formally trained as typists.

The Internet is as important as the industrial revolution, or any other major change in our history. To claim otherwise, would be folly. To be without it, would have far reaching effects, not only on individuals, but across business worldwide.

  Forum Editor 00:45 26 Aug 2012

LastChip

Good post. It sums up how the internet - and computers generally - can be a force for good.

I remember how, years ago, people used to complain about children watching 'too much' TV. They said we would end up with a generation of people unable to think for themselves. Some of those children are the adults who now run big corporations, and design complex software.

  Blackhat 12:17 26 Aug 2012

No.

I had a ZX81 pre internet age and nothing after that for a long time.

By the time of Win XP I was still saying that I could not justify the cost of a home PC as I would have very little use for one.

Wow, how things change in just a few years. My wife runs her own business on the internet, I own 2 manufacturing companies that rely on email contacts, internet banking and web site. I am a keen digital photographer relying on software for processing images. I do personal internet banking, shopping etc. I have written & published a book on the internet and so much more.

Holidays are a welcome break, I can do 2 weeks without as I have able management at work, and wife shuts down business for the duration.

  Forum Editor 14:53 26 Aug 2012

WhiteTruckMan

"History teaches us that if there's one constant, its change."

That's right, but I didn't say the Internet isn't going to change; of course it will change. I said that it was here to stay, and that's a certainty. A world-wide network, enabling very rapid communication between people at almost no cost isn't going to be superseded. Neither is the concept of a network enabling individuals to share information with others, anywhere on the planet, or a network that enables commercial transactions to take place millions of times, at any hour of the day and night.

Technologies will change,hardware and software will, too, and speeds will no doubt increase, but the internet is definitely here to stay.

  Forum Editor 14:57 26 Aug 2012

Blackhat

Your post illustrates just how liberating the internet can be. It enables people to work from home, to bank from home or from the office, and it has enabled the start-up and success of literally hundreds of thousands of businesses that might otherwise not have existed.

  polymath 17:05 02 Sep 2012

For about 2 weeks max (here on the far side of Ireland)! It would mean going back to;

a day spent just getting to & from the nearest library (or a city);

communication with friends & relations (most of whom are in the UK) via international phone calls, & letters taking up to 2 weeks;

no affordable way to go & see them (though I suppose I could try walking, as has been suggested - I am pretty fit for a 67-year-old);

lots of 'little' tasks requiring peak-time international calls to UK organisations, with no UK phone books available, & having to find out where they are before asking Directory Enquiries.....

And so on.

And that's without factoring in the dwindling of non-internet ways of doing things.

As for trying to argue with the 'You Facebook users should get out more' brigade, I've given up on that one!

  Forum Editor 18:31 02 Sep 2012

polymath

Nicely put.

I know some farmers who tell me that their lives have been transformed by the internet. Lots of farmers live busy and often fairly solitary lives, miles from the nearest town.

Having internet access can be a godsend for people who can't easily get to shops/banks/libraries etc., quite apart from the way the internet facilitates contact with friends and relatives you don't get to see very often.

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