Because of the great success of the worldwide web, people now would rarely think of what would
happen if the Internet collapsed. Whether it is for professional or personal reasons, the Internet indeed holds great importance to today’s global society given the ease and speed it offers for exchange of information between any two points in the world. The collapse of the Internet, therefore, will equate to great losses in communicating ideas and knowledge across the globe.
The world will describe the collapse of the Internet happen as a major catastrophe. Given that the world economy now relies heavily on the Internet, commerce will slow down significantly. Many small businesses that rely heavily on the Internet for everything from simple exchanges of messages to sensitive financial transactions will collapse as well. Information made available by many of the world’s best educational institutions through its websites and online correspondence programs will be lost, leading its beneficiaries to suffer. Even the act of trying to connect with loved ones from far away nations will become difficult should the Internet fail. With this worst-case scenario, all of these things that have been virtually free by the Internet would once more be subject to extravagant costs, a backward step that would potentially worsen the divide between the rich and the poor.
Should the Internet collapse, people will no longer enjoy many of its obvious benefits. Beloved social media websites like Facebook and Twitter will all become memories of a glorious past. Online shopping and commerce will become nothing. People would then soon revert to a past when what we call snail mail now would be the only affordable means of conveying a message across the seas. Free international voice calls courtesy of Skype and other VoIP services would be lost. A good majority of the world’s population will lose employment as well, given the fact that many businesses now operate on the Internet.
It should not come as a surprise to many people that the entire world will do whatever it takes to get the Internet running again should that collapse occur. The multitude of autonomous networks that make up the Internet, all of the world’s telephone companies as well as a majority of the governments around the world would then place efforts get the Internet back on its feet. For the telephone companies, decades of laying down fiberoptic channels across oceans are worth protecting and keeping under good condition. For governments, the better bridges towards international understanding and cooperation made easier through the Internet are worth keeping. The simple yet the most basic of all, one person on a computer trying to connect with another person from a far off land, is a thing worth paying a great cost for in order to keep.
The answer to the question, “What would happen if the Internet Collapsed?” would be very obvious to any user of the Internet. The Internet now appears to be the nervous system of the world; the collapse of the Internet would result in the loss of harmony. This is why the world will certainly try its best to keep the Internet from failing.