Weekend Open Forum: What if the Internet didn't exist?

By Julio Franco ยท 79 replies
Aug 6, 2011
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  1. We would survive.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Perhaps it would be a similar dynamic to that which occurs in human interaction. You can't actually miss somebody you've never met.
  3. Without the Internet I would have never wrote this, neither would anyone have read it.
  4. Instead of point and click......We would open and flip
  5. I would have passed grade 8 math because I wouldn't have blown off homework to play Diablo.
  6. 0192837465

    0192837465 TS Enthusiast Posts: 21

    what if electricity didn't exist?
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Since we're well into hypothetical absurdity, what if we never figured out fire?
  8. What if we couldn't figure out what to do with that thing on men?
  9. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I'd still be downloading my porn from a BBS at 56kbps (well 52k in Canada).
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Then arguably, the species that arose after we died out, will have had to have had their forensic anthropologists laughing their heads off at every archeological dig site on the planet. The scary part is, that many women know what it's for, but opt for alternatives.

    Speaking of which, I just lost an erection trying to figure out the mood and tense of that verb sequence. Ow, my head hurts. I think it's correct for the species that comes after the next species.....:confused:
    God, can you imagine? 1000 pixel images would seem huge and take forever.
  11. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

  12. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 789   +16

    Without the internet.... I'd be:dead:
  13. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    I'd have to stand on a street corner holding a sign that said, "YOU'RE WRONG!"
  14. gooderguy

    gooderguy TS Enthusiast Posts: 68

    We'd probably have thousands of CDs and DVDs of stuff, like I used to have years ago. And I'd be spending less time sitting on my ***.
  15. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    I'd still have a library card.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Either that or, "piracy will bring on the end of the world"...! :rolleyes:

    (Sorry Tom, I just couldn't resist that).

    Disclaimer, "The opinions expressed in this post are not necessarily those of its author".

    (I just wrote down the first thing that popped into my head).
  17. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Without the internet, I'd still be racking up huge phone bills keeping in touch with my brother and sister who live and work in other countries since Skype wouldn't exist. Without Google, I'd still be doing my research in the library. Most of all, without the internet, I wouldn't have been able to meet all the interesting members of the Techspot family :).
  18. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Wait, I must have never gotten the memo; I thought this was always the case, cap'n...? ;)
  19. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    you wouldn't be asking this question and I would not be answering! :p
    perhaps life would have been much better............you know all the addiction stuff...
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    There is quite a bit of truth to that. However, sometimes the first thing that comes to my my can take the form of an blunt, unsharpened pencil. Accordingly, and with some mood dependence attached, I may sharpen that pencil to a very sharp point, before I publish it.

    Sometimes, and I admit that this a perhaps a character flaw, I follow the species wide human trait of attempting to "weaponize" everything we can get our hands on.....:rolleyes: All that aside, blunt actually works pretty well in its own right also....:haha:
  21. Well for the internet addict withdrawal symptoms would ensue. Ha ha anyone remember the south park episode where there was no internet lol....... For me i have only been using it for maybe 5 yrs max no loss to me if it all ended. it would give libraries a needed boost lol.
  22. WWW and the Internet are truly great technologies, no doubt about it.

    But let's not forget good old ADSL which although often overlooked has also been a powerful driver in making the net what it is today.
  23. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    This. We would be a lot more intelligent actually because we would be out experiencing the world instead of being shut ins whose sole entertainment comes from watching videos and trolling cyberspace. We would be reading books, hanging out with people for real, playing games with friends together, and just generally being better people. That said, some of the joys I experience with the web would be shot. Like chatting online in TeamSpeak with friends who were since out of touch, or playing games with people online, or doing research for a complex subject for a college paper, or getting breaking news. It would be a good entertainment and information source gone.

    The internet has done a lot to help the world, but it has done equal amounts of foul things that degraded the human race as a whole. So it's a real toss-up what the world would be like with or without it and whether it's a good thing it exists.
  24. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    A) You're probably right.
    B) No internet = no useful comments on timely manner, and relies on the snail mails.
    C) The only security we have to worry about is some B&E and stealing the hard drives.
    D) Right.
    E) uhhh... same as B)
    F) Look out there, there's much more serious than just computer things.
    G) Perhaps, whadda have against him anyway? ;)

    I have lived my life for few months without technologies, and I could tell that it's little tough to keep in contact via mail writing without finding out that there is a reader stalker out there, reading my love mails to my wife.
  25. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Ouch .... I know what you mean, sadly I haven't bothered to write any letter (let alone a love letter :D) to anyone in about 24-25 years now.

    Indeed that is why I fought few elections (but not for any public office lol).

    Firstly he has the most hideously evil smile I've ever seen.

    Secondly, he over hyped the 'change', then did totally opposite of what 'change really means'.

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