The other day I was thinking (which is normally dangerous) about the Internet and how dependent we are on it. Then I thought “could I ever unplug from the Internet, forever?”.
Now I don’t mean literally unplugging, I mean figuratively (if you haven’t figured that out yet).
I’m talking about no Facebook/Twitter/Google +/<insert social media here>. No email either. Nothing that connects you, the human, to the entity we call the Internet.
In my scenario, you can still use the Internet for searching and browsing. You can have a phone and make phone calls. I’m talking about your online identity.
Is it possible? Can someone this day in age survive without their precious online-egos?
Want a new job? Sure, email them your resume first. Oh, wait – no email.
Hmmm. How about shopping online? Can’t do that, it would require a personal account tied to an email address.
It then occurred to me. You can’t really function in today’s world without being connected in some way to… THE CLOUD.
It’s a bit creepy to think about that. Imagine yourself today, completely disconnecting entirely from any online association. Can you function properly in our society?
Sure, you say “the Internet wasn’t always there, we did get by without it.” And you’d be right. Which is why I’m specifically talking about today.
You might also say “there are people across the world without access to clean water, let alone the Internet”. No shit. I’m talking about you, the one reading this.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure if I could. Unless of course I was planning to live an Amish lifestyle somewhere in middle America, which in that case I’d just rather run into traffic.