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Apr 4, 2020 - 5:45:49 AM
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31032 posts since 3/5/2008

N.. phone service for a few days..
How would that effect..you..?


Personaly...
It would be a inconvience to me..

But me Life would function..fine..

Apr 4, 2020 - 6:03:41 AM

3385 posts since 7/8/2010

Just like being in the Navy. Move on to a new duty station. Somewhat alike but different, somehow. Evolve and adapt.

Apr 4, 2020 - 6:10:39 AM
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DC5

USA

11112 posts since 6/30/2015

I might actually get more done, and worry less about C-19, since I won't be checking updates every 15 minutes.

Apr 4, 2020 - 7:07:27 AM

5836 posts since 8/3/2012

No phone service?
How could I possibly survive without receiving 10X per day robo-calls? ;~)

Apr 4, 2020 - 7:26:03 AM
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banjoy

USA

8849 posts since 7/1/2006

Well, the net going away would affect everything. All financial transactions are handled by internet now. Every time you swipe your credit or debit card, that's by internet.

You would not be able to access your bank accounts, even if you called your bank. Banks are no longer on peer-to-peer networks for customers.

All orders for goods would stop. Suppliers' orders for stock or raw materials, consumers ordering online, all that would stop immediately.

All at-home entertainment would stop. No more Netflix, internet or games. Most television networks would cease to function as most of their feeds are by internet.

Almost every daily newspaper would cease production as their entire model now is internet based. Hometown papers receive all their nationa and regional feeds by net. Large publications like the Wall Street Journal, and large magazines like Smithsonian, etc, send all their prepared plates to printers throughout the country and is all done by internet.

Everything now, is by internet. So pretty much, economic life as we know it now, would cease to exist.

So yeah, I guess I would be affected.

Edited by - banjoy on 04/04/2020 07:29:34

Apr 4, 2020 - 7:35:29 AM
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7 posts since 1/27/2015

Might just break everyone's screen addiction.
We might learn to function without a constant screen in our face. Some of us might notice the world around us like the birds singing, our pets breathing, our families existing in the same room.
Just like life was back in the ancient 1960s and 70s and earlier.

Apr 4, 2020 - 8:23:18 AM
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2259 posts since 7/20/2004

Minor inconvenience. I’d still have ham radio and the ability to talk around the world.

Apr 4, 2020 - 9:05:18 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24265 posts since 8/3/2003

I would survive without the internet (this is presuming the internet still worked for businesses, etc.) because I don't bank online or do any business via the web. I could also survive without a cell phone as I don't call in for food orders, text, etc. I would miss talking with my kids and knowing how they are, but again, I'd survive.

I think most people are entirely too dependent on the internet and cell phones. My cell phone is turned off unless I want to use it when out shopping or traveling and I'm not doing either right now. I do have a landline, and a lot of people don't any more, but I could manage without it, too.

Apr 4, 2020 - 9:54:17 AM
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Brian T

Canada

16503 posts since 6/5/2008

I don't have a cell phone. I can't see that my life is degraded without one.
My kids tell me that I don't need one.

Cash still works OK. Debit and credit cards are a great convenience.
Same with the internet = a great convenience for finding things.

I have more tools and toys than I know what to play with.
I notice that I'm buying less and less other than groceries.

Apr 4, 2020 - 10:05:47 AM
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wizofos

USA

5491 posts since 8/19/2012

banjoy
Frank has it right, there would be disasterous collapse. How many people work from home? The last 12 years of my working life I was working from home and if all the home workers for that company were to come into the office there would not be enough space. The stock markets would collapse, ATM's would be down, etc... We are being encouraged to do online doctors appointments.
Whether you like it or not the Internet is an integral part of our lives.
A good example is electronic cash registers that scan bar codes. You buy a can of coffee, the inventory is decreased and when it reaches a certain amount an automated order goes over the internet and a day later your grocery store gets a case of coffee.
It would affect me because we order a lot of things that are not available locally. If we did not have the internet we might have to travel 100 miles or more to get certain things that now can be ordered and delivered within a few days to our front door.
We get all of our prescriptions by mail, our doctor orders them on the internet and they show up a day later.
Our local hospital is connected to the Mayo Clinic. If a doc has a question or needs a consult test results can be sent or the experts at the Mayo can just look at them over the Internet.

Apr 4, 2020 - 10:13:15 AM
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Neil Allen

France

903 posts since 6/15/2014

My business in its current form would be gone without the internet. I am a technical translator working in finance / legal / economics / accountancy / IT / telecoms and engineering and I work from home. There's no way I can get around to dozens of different clients in different countries each month and I rely on a whole range of remotely accessed databases on everything from international financial reporting standards to nuclear power generation.

Apr 4, 2020 - 10:55:09 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40428 posts since 3/7/2006
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We got Internet at home about 22 years ago, and there were no problems before that. We used the computers for writing and calculations (no Hangouts, Facebook, Instagram) and so on, we used the phones for talking to each other (not taking pictures and sending pictures or checking the updates at BHO), and we were together with other people in real time (not connected), we sent letters to each other (no mails). I think life worked well without Internet.

On the other hand, In these days with quarantine, curfews and other restrictions I think Internet really makes it easier to live.

Apr 4, 2020 - 11:03:48 AM
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Mooooo

USA

7816 posts since 8/20/2016

There would be an adjustment time, and no matter how much we think the world will collapse, it won't, it will just change a bit and we all will adapt. I can go very easily without internet and phone service...but i'm a cow.

Apr 4, 2020 - 1:13:11 PM
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m06

England

8782 posts since 10/5/2006

This question makes me smile.

How would I cope without internet? Exactly the same way I and everyone else did perfectly happily before it was invented.

No phone wouldn’t be great in this lockdown though.

Apr 4, 2020 - 1:24:14 PM

71742 posts since 5/9/2007

It doesn't mean much of anything to me.
If someone wants to talk to me they know where I live.

Apr 4, 2020 - 4:51:52 PM
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figmo59

USA

31032 posts since 3/5/2008

Heh....
What might amuse me about it...
Just ah little...

Would be watchin people drivin around tryin to find some place or read a real map...
N ..the best ...
Watch'em try to fold that map up ..correctly.. :0*)

Apr 4, 2020 - 5:07:55 PM

chuckv97

Canada

49195 posts since 10/5/2013

I like paper,,, whether it’s maps, books, magazines, newspapers (“gimme the funnies first” was our demand as kids), paper airplanes, and yes, paper on which to “neatly” scribble down banjo tabs

Apr 4, 2020 - 6:50:41 PM
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USAF PJ

USA

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Ah, we are getting older. I think if this question was asked to a group that was under, say, 40, they would gasp at the very thought.

Yes I would be fine.
BTW I am the last guy remember.....I do not own a Cell Phone. You should see the looks I get, but usually after a blank stare the first comment is "that must be really nice".

Apr 5, 2020 - 5:30:40 AM
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DC5

USA

11112 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I like paper,,, whether it’s maps, books, magazines, newspapers (“gimme the funnies first” was our demand as kids), paper airplanes, and yes, paper on which to “neatly” scribble down banjo tabs


I was just thinking this morning as I was eating my bacon and eggs, because I can't go out to my favorite breakfast place - ever again (they went out of business due to the shutdown) - how much I miss the Sunday paper.  I would start with the opinion section, then front page stories, when my nieces and son were small I would sit and read the funnies to them, then I would peruse the arts and leisure sections and the Parade magazine.  

Apr 5, 2020 - 8:13:19 AM

m06

England

8782 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by USAF PJ


>BTW I am the last guy remember.....I do not own a Cell Phone. You should see the looks I get, but usually after a blank stare the first comment is "that must be really nice".<


I didn't use one either until this lockdown. The one I have is a phone...nothing else. That also gets a blank stare or two, and the comment 'It's not a smart phone?'. 

My favourite response is to say I found it in a Christmas cracker. wink

No surprise that I don't have a sat nav in the car either. And yes, I still read a map and trust my innate sense of direction. smileyyes

Edited by - m06 on 04/05/2020 08:17:26

Apr 5, 2020 - 8:33:03 AM
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Owen

Canada

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I think  a very important part of the OP is: "...for a few days."   

Apr 5, 2020 - 4:38:49 PM

figmo59

USA

31032 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

I think  a very important part of the OP is: "...for a few days."   


Why...Yes I did........

Apr 6, 2020 - 6:55:34 AM
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1744 posts since 2/10/2013

Like many other things, the internet was gradually commercialized. Not that many years ago, it was primarily used for its original purpose, - exchanging information. If problems became magnified enough, and public outrage had the potential to cause political problems, steps might be taken to reduce unnecessary internet traffic. Since commercial interest seem to dictate legislation, individuals would probably be directed to minimize use of the internet. Or even more drastic action like actually visiting the individuals you want to have conversations with.

Apr 6, 2020 - 8:43:59 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

13772 posts since 9/27/2007

It would be a problem here. Nobody is accepting cash.

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