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What Would a World Without Internet Look Like?

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/a-world-without-internet/476907/

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What Would a World Without Internet Look Like?
A thought experiment

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Living in an online age

Living in an online age
  • The Internet has redefined the way we work. It has improved our lives and broadened our perspective of the world.
  • But in some cases, the digital age hasn't been as kind to workers. Some employers may use it to exploit their employees, demanding more work or longer days without paying overtime.
  • By blurring the lines between work and home life, the Internet also changed our cultural conception of patience, demanding immediate answers, or same-day delivery.

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The decline of empathy

  • Thirty years ago, just 3 percent of Americans were online. Most of them were academics.
  • Before the web was invented, early adopters spent less than an hour a week online (mostly email.)
  • The Internet was designed to connect people with shared interests and ideas and produce more durable offline relationships. However, research on empathy shows a 40 percent decline over thirty years.

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A world without the Internet

  • Antisocial behaviour existed well before the Internet. The same argument was used about the telephone - that it would reduce social encounters. But it really facilitated more of them.
  • An attempt to separate the Internet from everyday life is useless. The only credible post-Internet visions are tied to civilizational collapses, such as the zombie apocalypse, global pandemics, or nuclear catastrophes.
  • If the only way to imagine a world without an Internet is to think of a world without civilization, then the Internet has become our civilization.

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