Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
I'd love the $10 million, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure I could give up the internet. There are so many things that would be so much more difficult without it. Giving up internet would mean:
1. I'd lose contact with friends who live miles away. It's not easy to call everyone and try to keep up with them or write letters. And the post office is dying, so letters may get harder to send anyway. Plus it's expensive and while I may have $10 million, it's still going to eat up a lot of that!
2. Renting movies. Because, let's face it, except for Redbox what movie rental places ARE there anymore? That's right...NETFLIX.
3. Buying books except for at Barnes and Noble. And even they may go by the wayside. And how would I get books for an e-reader? I love my paperback books, but I'd hate to be limited to just the stuff in B&N. And they're the ONLY bookstore around here nowadays.
4. Buying music I really like. Because places around here don't carry what I want. And the only places that DO are in Ireland. So I'd have to fly there to get them. And I'm not even sure you can book tickets without the internet these days.
5. Research. Because most libraries have online catalogs and have gotten rid of old fashioned card catalogs. So how would you even do research without it?
6. Work. Because our system is internet based. And because one of my classes is online. So for some people it would mean giving up school as well.
7. Being able to easily look up directions to places. Every time I need to go somewhere I don't want to have to go down to AAA and get directions or try to do it by a map.
8. Being able to find out events going on in your area.
9. Animal rescue. Besides petfinder, there's all the transports coordinated via the internet. How would we save so many pets if we couldn't communicate?
And I'm sure I'm leaving off TONS of other things besides using it for FB or LJ or the like. It's WAY more than just entertainment these days. It's a huge part of life. And sure I've been without it before. I wasn't much into it until 1999, but the world has CHANGED because of the internet. And I'm not sure it's possible to go back to being without it unless some of those services came back and the whole WORLD changed back. But it's not going to. So no, I can't see myself being able to give up the internet for any sort of money.