Take the television but leave the Internets alone!

By Mark O’Neill

kjkjkkk_noose.jpgA new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that more Americans would prefer to give up the television than lose their internet connection by a margin of 45% to 43%.

It also found that losing their internet connection for a sustained period of time would make people think they had been transported back to the Dark Ages. This leads to the best quote of the article :

“I suspect for a lot of people, if you cut that cord, they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves,” said Bob Papper, a media professor at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y. “They’d be paralyzed without the internet. They might have to read.”

As well as being funny, it is also very startling.   It makes you realise how much the internet has penetrated our lives to the point that we’d be ‘paralyzed’ without it.    That losing the internet would force us to do something as basic as read a book.    That’s why I chose a man and a noose as the illustration for this post – because losing their internet connection and their computer would probably make a few die-hard net surfers choose the ultimate way out.    It’s sad but it’s probably true.

What about you? Being a geek, I’m sure the TV would be history if you had to choose but if the internet connection went down, how long is too long? How long before you started chewing the sofa or ripping the wallpaper in frustration?  How long before you considered picking up that book and starting to read?    How long before you declared Holy War on the internet provider?