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No, unless they are all re-educated in library science! Say the words "card catalog" to a kid today and I don't know what they'll think of! Penmanship is greatly lacking today, too; so, they would not only have to learn how to look up information in a book, but they'd have to care about their hand-writing in order to finish assignments appropriately. Life would move at a slower rate and possibly easier and less stressful, but I wouldn't choose to live without the internet or computers because life is just so much easier with the copy/paste abilities! Sometimes I'm jealous of my students for all the information that is at the tips of their fingers, literally. I wonder how my life would have been different, too, sometimes.
It would require a major life change, especially since I'm currently doing research toward a dissertation. The internet saves me time and a great deal of money in my work, and enables me to communicate with people I'd otherwise have to drive long distances to speak with. But I think I could probably (re)learn to do without it. For people like me, who are old enough to remember when the Internet wasn't part of most people's lives, it would perhaps be easier than it is for younger folks.
I agree with Bullgatortail. There are many things that I would miss about the Internet. Supplemental income, quick and easy teacher resources for the classroom, and instant access to news and weather are just a few. I could live without it. However, my generation was the first to know personal home computers--before the Internet. Today's high school students, and most of the traditional college students have never known a world without the instant access of the Internet at their fingertips. They would find it much more difficult to adjust.
I think people can live without internet, but they have gotten really dependent on it. Kids do not really have access to information. For example, people used to have encyclopedias, but now they are all online. The internet makes life easier, because we have the answers to questions at our fingertips.
Since I work on an Internet site, it would be difficult to maintain my present employment without being online. I'd also miss the easy fact-finding access the 'Net offers as well as a few sites that I visit regularly. It would be tough playing my beloved fantasy baseball without computer access, but... yeah, I could live without it if I had to.
Jajajajaja. "Yes, we can!" But people wouldn't like it. They use the internet for everything. "I need to do an assignment for school"--ah, the internet. "I need to find an address"--ah, the internet! "I need to contact my friends"--ah, the internet (on my phone!). "I'm looking for a business to do a job for me"--....I have no idea why it's become this way, only that it has. And the strangest part is that much of what's around on the internet isn't exactly of the highest quality.
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