reply to post by beezzer
In short, yes. Not only is there a life after the internet, but its probably a physically healthier option than the life we live right now.
Let me explain myself. There is of course, nothing stopping a person just putting down thier laptop, shrugging a jacket on, and going for a walk, at
any time. But, as part of the technological evolution of man, the computer, the smartphone, the network, offers people a chance to gain forward
intelligence about any activity they may wish to partake in. For example:
I want salami. To get it, I must go to the shops. However, I can find out wether or not salami is available at the store today, or if it has run out,
via the internet. Previously, just to find out if the store had any salami, I would have pretty much had to have gone to the store, burning calories
and using muscle to get myself to the deli counter.
Even simple things like going for a walk can be affected. I actually know a guy who looks up the weather forecast before taking a short walk (ten k
or less) to figure out wether he should put a raincoat in his bag. My bag however always contains a water proof poncho, and a sweater, just in case I
end up out late. So my friend carries very little weight around with him when he goes for a stroll, but I have a solid lump of waterproofing, and a
sweater, as well as other sundry items. I, therefore, burn more calories than him when I go about my days business, because I always have my trusty
Black Label Society official merchandise backpack and its contents with me, meaning I not only burn calories and use muscles to move my body, but the
bag as well. Might not seem like much, but it adds up.
So, although, if the internet disappeared overnight, life would be more difficult for alot of folks, it would probably be healthier for a great many
as well, because rather than checking availability of products, or ordering them for delivery from home, one would have to go and look for themselves.
When deciding on equipment loadouts for outdoor activities, every precaution would have to be taken, increasing weight carried, and energy exerted,
fat burned, muscles kept limber, blah blah.
Also, libraries would be much busier places than they are today. I can look through virtually the entire store of human wisdom, and idiocy, from the
comfort of my couch these days. In fact, here in my home I have access to more data than I would if I was standing in the central library of my home
town, by several significant orders of magnitude. If however, there was no internet, then in order to learn more about the world around me (which is
something I take pretty seriously), I would have to go to the library and look up the things in which I am interested, in the vast stacks of books and
documents there, manually.
Just an F.Y.I.
If I had been looking up even a quater of the information I have assimilated today using the internet, by looking it all up in the library, it would
have taken me a week, and alot of carting around huge stacks of thick books. As it is however, I learned an awful lot, and didnt have to put in a
great deal of effort in order to do so.