Friday Poll: What would you do without the Net?

This week one woman managed to take down the Internet in Armenia and Georgia for nearly 12 hours. How would you react if the Internet went down for that long?

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How would you react if the Internet went down for 12 hours?

When I was younger (25), my mother would often take away the power cord to my computer monitor because I was on the Internet too much.

The eventual rule was that I could only use the computer for two hours every day. That eventually lessened my urge to get online and got me spending more time outside.

This week, a 75-year-old woman hunting for scrap metal in Armenia destroyed a portion of the cable that feeds the Internet to her country and neighboring Georgia. Nearly 12 hours passed before the issue was resolved, and it left two countries (and millions of residents) without the Web for hours. One wonders what all those people did with their free time without the ability to check Facebook and Twitter every other minute.

I can't even imagine the Internet completely going out in the U.S. The consequences could be devastating financially, and even the online trolls might have to emerge from the shadowy depths of their basements after a couple of hours. Anonymous wouldn't be so...anonymous anymore. Single-player games would get unprecedented play time.

So how would you react if the Internet went down for nearly half a day?

 

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