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35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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13. Pharmacies Will Struggle Greatly

All Pharmacies have a file specifically made for the customer/patient. This allows the pharmacist to keep track of what you’re taking and the levels you’re on. Many pharmacies even use software that tells them of drug interactions possible for patients. This is key, as a pharmacist can literally save your life by informing you of the possible issues that could happen. They also have to deal with illegal drug problems too.

The U.S. has an agreement in place with stores and pharmacies to prevent a person from buying up more than a certain amount of things like Sudafed in a day. This cap is also placed on household products among other things, which was done to prevent Meth from being made. A server connected to every local place will tell the store of the cap pass and likely result in declining the payment. This is due to tracking the purchases based on the card used.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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12. The Psychological Effects

When you’re used to using something for so long and then it suddenly disappears, it makes sense to think that people may struggle to handle this properly. That means that one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is a rise in psychological problems for people. This includes stuff like anxiety and depression, but it is even bigger than this.

It is possible that a person will have withdrawal symptoms similar to what drug addicts go through when quitting. It’ll be hard and likely take a few weeks to really handle. There is a possibility that some may have withdrawal symptoms to deal with. This may include emotional pain, which can have similar feelings to physical pain at times.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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11. Internet-Based Jobs Will Die

Of course, one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is the obvious thing. No one can have a job that is internet-based without, well, the internet itself. We’ll be honest, everyone at this website will likely be out of work because we are professional writers who do this for money. Without the internet, we cannot do our job here.

This is similar to many people who have work from home jobs. On top of this, things like homeschooling as well as Universities that have degrees completely based online or online classes, in general, would all come to an end. With the rise of online degrees and needs for homeschooling children, this could impact education drastically across the board.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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10. The Video Game Industry will Experience Several Problems

When most of us were growing up, video games were becoming more and more popular. The 80s and 90s saw a boom in video game sales and even new consoles and looks of games came out on the regular. As tech improved, newer games with better graphics came out. However, we usually were given complete games.

Nowadays, games are rushed out and additions or patches come after the game is released. Newer additions or patches for games are downloaded via updates. Without the internet, most consoles cannot download a new game to the system, rendering it unplayable. Several other games will not work without internet access such as the new Ghose Recon, Destiny, and Overwatch. Of course, computer-based games like World of Warcraft won’t be playable either.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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9. Most Business Operations Will Cease 

Whenever you consider a disaster such as the loss of the internet, the places most affected by it will likely be the regular businesses across the world. These might be Mom & Pop Shops or multi-billion dollar enterprises. It does not matter because one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that business operations would cease almost immediately.

You cannot work if the normal means of doing so are taken away. You must communicate between various areas of your business and normal communication means will mostly be gone. In addition, most systems run on the internet. Ultimately, you’re removing everything a business needs to operate in this time period. Naturally, it’ll affect the overall company.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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8. Book Stores & Libraries Will Be Crowded Again

Most book stores today have to add far more than just books to appeal to customers of all ages. In the age of audiobooks or downloadable ones from the internet, it’s really not as crowded as one would hope. If the internet is one day unusable, then these book stores will be crowded once more.

People still love physical books but not as much as before. Yet the stories are still compelling, causing Hollywood to implement content from Novels, Comic Books, and more. Obviously, some books are massively popular, but they may get even bigger in an age like this. On top of this, libraries will also become crowded all over the country for similar reasons.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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7. Television Operation Will Have Several Problems

While most might assume that without the internet, television will be a great source of entertainment for us. However, you should probably be aware that the TV industry will also have several problems too. Currently, Digital signals tend to work with radio waves, yet a lot of the towers use the internet to send out or direct the signals.

They can always be re-made to work without the internet but most of Hollywood works through the internet to send and set up regular programming. Sporting events often use the internet to send the signal from games to places that then bounce it off of a particular service’s satellite. All of which operate through the internet during the entire process. Local content like Cable Access shows may become popular once again.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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6. Business Marketing Change-Up

It’s actually very rare that a major company markets directly to certain towns, counties, or states in the U.S. currently. Local companies do, but this is obvious. Yet even they try to market out a bit to expand their business. However, one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that business marketing would change drastically almost overnight.

Internet marketing will be gone and therefore both radio and television, along with traditional signs and posters will be implemented. Everything will also market toward the local audience, meaning major companies may have different commercials for people depending on the state they are in.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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5. National Defenses Will Have Several Problems

Every nation has some form of National Defense, with the biggest nations having the most impressive types. Yet one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that these defense groups would be tragically handicapped. First and foremost, we track things like bombs or invasions by using technology that needs the internet to operate.

That means nations could be invaded before realizing it and likely will have trouble calling for help too. On top of this, if a nuke is sent, we would not know until the last minute. We also use several different resources to track enemies of the state as well as other dangerous individuals. All of this and likely most of the data on them will be gone in an instant.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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4. Stock Markets Worldwide Will Crash

Stock Markets tend to be one of the worst things to put your money into at times because any random thing can cause people to sell off stock. Companies have had small hiccups that cost them billions, not within a problematic business move, but due to stock prices dropping. These timid crazies sell over the wind blowing too hard, so they certainly will sell in this situation.

They may struggle to do so though, as most of these systems run off of the internet. Of course, all brokers tend to communicate often with people they are employed by. This will be hard with some not using landlines. They may also get tons of calls and not be able to handle all the selling. With all of this happening likely worldwide, stock markets will crash.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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3. Many Power Companies will Shut Off Power

Power Companies will indeed cut power if the world suddenly did not have access to the internet long-term. Most Power Companies actually run off of systems that are completely wired to work through the internet. A lot of these power grids run on servers that are internet-based. Heck, most power can be turned on and off within minutes.

A customer service person only has to send a message for this to be done. Some just click an “on” or “off” button on their computer, as they are connected to the power grid within their server. With the current tech not working, power companies will cut power for at least a week or so to figure things out. Even power bills are mostly paid online, so that could be trouble too.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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2. The Power of Knowledge

Today, when you do not know something, what is the first thing you do? You Google it, right? You’re not alone, as most of us do this today to either confirm our opinion or find something out all the time. Yet one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that people with true knowledge will become drastically more important to society.

People like Aristotle in his time was considered one of the most brilliant people alive and was even against writing stuff down when it was growing in popularity. He felt it would result in memory not being held to a high standard. People like him will be important for our new internet-less existence. Those with impressive knowledge and memory skills will be useful due to access to some books being nonexistent, as well as a lot of content that was completely based online.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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1. A New Form of Internet

With the internet no longer possible to use worldwide, some genius will figure out a way to get some version of it back. The internet ran completely through phone lines years ago. Eventually high-speed and WiFi came into play and changed the game. The older Dial-Up internet was slow, yet it still worked.

Sadly, the internet mostly comes from satellites in space that we now can’t access. Even cable companies use them. However, if we had a signal that worked off of something like radio waves do with towers, this could result in a new form of internet. It would likely not be fast and be completely localized to small pockets. Yet it could still work.

 

 

Sources: [Rolling Stone, Science.com, Discovery Communications, The Richest, Screen Rant, Oddee, How Stuff Works, BBC, Thrillist]

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