The Internet used to be a revolution stemming from advances in technology. Nowadays, technological advances and innovation derive from the technical oxygen known as the Internet. If the Internet took a break or completely stopped, will we go back in time, to the dark future ages, where technology and the Internet are nonexistent? This change may not necessarily be for the worse.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTERNET TO EVERYONE IN GENERATION 2.0
Most users nowadays, from individuals to small businesses to large entities and governments, are relying heavily on the internet, since it allows for easy control and access to data. As humans, we know that once we genuinely rely on something, we adapt to it like bacteria, and over time we become more tolerant of its excessive use and physiological, psychological, and development’s hindering effects for the reduction of its use. The Internet is the pill and backbone that keeps the technological revolution alive and growing. For large entities, the internet is a must, in any given industry, due to swift communication and transfer of information that is necessary and the key to decision making and growth.
For small entities, the internet is a recommendation to stay alive in the perfect and monopolistic competition markets. For children, it is necessary to keep them calm and entertained. For teens, it is required in order to be “cool”, cope with the community, and education, of course. For adults, it is necessary for communication and work, plus the social aspect for sure.
THE INTERNET, AKA THE DUAL BALANCE ON THE SOCIAL SCALE
The Internet gave so much power to people who were once powerless. The kid who once was bullied continuously due to his introversion can cause considerable trouble from his room in PJs. Computer scientists from minority groups in third world countries, known as the “enemy” to tech giants, are both highly demanded and highly dreaded. Acquiring them is a super asset, fending them off is an expensive liability. To most people, there is a bright side to this revelation. The Internet balanced the scales between capitalist based entities relying on hierarchy and centralization, with freedom-seeking bodies relying on equality and decentralization. However, if the internet correlates with balancing powers, how shaky is the tipping point?
THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT AND EXCESSIVE RELIANCE ON THE INTERNET
Due to the rise of the COVID-19, the second generation SARS-Corona spreading like wildfire unexpectedly, taking with it the elder and the chronically ill, specific frameworks relative to utilizing the Internet were adapted. Such as online education, online social life (Mark’s drafting his next strategies), selling online (Jeff’s probably happy about this), work from home (online of course), and homebound curfews that promote heavier internet activity were being realized since the beginning of the outbreak, and yet increasing exponentially at unforeseen rates. Heavily relying on the Internet, we seem to grow more physically inactive over time.
The outbreak signaled the need to strengthen technology’s reach. From artificially intelligent homes to online grocery shopping, they all require the same technological revolution known as the Internet. Reliance on it became relative to survival. From the social and entertainment aspect, current lockdowns due to the outbreak are causing a massive strain on the Internet from music and video streaming. Netflix and YouTube have reduced their streaming quality to prevent the Internet from “breaking”. This terminology is not a hyperbole. The load from these two giant service providers are of the highest in the world, especially nowadays.
YouTube reported an average of 5 billion videos viewed per day in February of 2020. Netflix reported the usage of 165 million minutes a day in April of 2019. Other streaming providers, free or paid ones, also have a similar number of hefty usage per day. With COVID-19, the number should witness a jump in a double-digit percentage. If the Internet comes to a complete stop at some time, or simply breaks from heavy usage, will individuals be able to adapt?
THE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON INTERNET USAGE
When the natural disaster hit the world at the end of 2019, on top of health hazards, it made sure big targets will be affected as well. From a recession closing in from all angles, large organizations going bankrupt, and an already shaky economy, the internet is and will always be a significant target. Surges in usage will cause the internet bubble that key world players believe is ever-expanding to possibly deform. No matter how robust the infrastructure can be, millions of people who once were taking turns in using the internet, are now using it all at once for professional, academic, social, leisure, and shopping purposes, even though COVID cases’ growth is slowing. If all servers around the world go under fire due to overheating from this heavy usage, will the Internet keep going?
THE INTERNET MULTIPLYING THE EXISTENCE OF BLUE OCEAN INDUSTRIES
For businesses, the internet plays a significant role in competition and adapting to certain environmental changes. Companies that still use the old system thrive on local clients, not necessarily broken or out of business, but performing much less than internet-reliant ones. Amazon swiped the market share of the secondary and first-hand market in mere years, calling for storefronts to switch wholly digital and work with them. Better to call that a long term adaptation to a short term environmental acceptability, and we all know environments take some time to change and possibly castrate. If things do blow out of proportion, what we know as giants today will become a mere memory in a short reigning period.
GENERATIONS’ LIFETIMES ARE DEPENDENT ON THEIR PATIENCE FOR A REPLY
Historically, people have done things that we cannot begin to imagine how, without the use of the internet, satellite, or their derivatives from world maps to more profound scientific evolutions to construction. According to history, vast empires and kingdoms that relied on messages that were delivered in days and replied to within weeks came and went in a few centuries. But as we know from history, fast-growing things tend to disappear just as fast. Only nature can comprehend the correlation between the speed of things and life. The slower the pace of your message, the longer your time would be. From the last two decades, people’s presumption of time has significantly differed. Overlooking the fact that time in the last four decades is moving faster than expected, the speed of technology made us irrationally impatient, especially for the younger generations.
According to my qualitative experiment on different age groups and response times, by showing both a speedy IoT response versus a slower IoT response, with the changing variable Mbps or download speed, individuals from the 1950s and 60s have a particular reaction that may not be visible, but can be psychologically apparent. Individuals from the 70s and 80s witnessed a certain change in their response to slower paces, which made them uncomfortable very clearly. On the other hand, for individuals from the 90s and early 2000s, they start to witness a significant change in their reaction to these slower paces. The most common response for this age group is anger and disapproval. Moreover, Children that are iPad-dependent may throw an angry tantrum to slower download speeds. The issue in our time is that speed is ever-increasing, and coping with it may be as dangerous as being controlled by big brother. If this factor was not controlled efficiently, it might be catastrophic.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER REGARDING THIS REVELATION
Big data, robotics, process automation, AI, and the good ole’ internet, how much data is currently in use? Is The Internet’s infrastructure as good as they believe to withstand tremendous change and reliance? How robust is the code-driven backbone known as binary? If all 5 billion people who have access to the internet get on at the same time and utilize it for intelligent processes that take a significant digital load, will we be able to cope? Or will the internet bubble burst, causing a domino effect to an electromagnetically based “kaboom”, taking us back in time, but forwardly? Let’s try to resolve at least some of these issues in our global society.