Today everything goes through the internet: our bank accounts, our social networks, our medical documents, the accounts of our companies, our vacation photos… Everything, relatively everything is connected to this system and the following question arises quite logically: what would happen if the internet were to stop? We will try to answer this question with estimates necessarily to be taken with a grain of salt since this never really happened (well except when the internet didn't exist and suddenly we did without it but we didn't even realize it), but the question still arises.
1. Several industries would be paralyzed
As we said in the introduction, a lot of businesses depend onnt the internet, and we're not just talking about online shopping sites, but also "physical" businesses and businesses whose inventories, ordering systems and a whole host of other aspects depend on the internet. The losses recorded by some sectors could become dramatic and be felt on a global scale.
2. The world economy could take a big hit
If a whole part of world trade and industry comes to a halt at the same time and is paralyzed for several days / months before finding any alternatives, the world economy would probably be greatly impacted and the disappearance of the internet could even lead to a real economic crisis (to a greater or lesser extent) because of the shutdown of the supply chain.
3. Most communications systems would be unusable
Social networks and various messaging applications would necessarily be shut down, but this could also affect telephone communications companies. Since we would no longer be able to use the means of communication via the Internet,telephone networks would probably be saturated due to the number of people who would like to use them at the same time.
4. Hospitals would take several days to reorganize
If the most doctorscould still consult and operate without too many problems, some of the patients' medical files would be irrecoverable and not searchable (at least in some countries which have decided to put most of their data online), which could paralyze or slow down the functioning of some hospitals.
5. The shelves of shops would empty quickly
We spoke above of inventory management, orders, supply, inventories ... A large number of these systems go through the Internet and it is It is likely that before finding a solution to adopt a different management system, store shelves will remain empty. Not to mention a potential wave of panic that would blow a lead in some people who would empty the stocks of PQ and pasta, it has already happened.
6. Political tensions could emerge
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7. A large part of the population is said to be technically unemployed. of these workers find themselves shut down for a while and the activity of a large number of companies paralyzed. In terms of the economy it would be a mess because these companies would have to continue paying employees while recording losses, and this is not necessarily their basic project.
8. Our sudden use of certain resources would cause shortages
For example a new shift from writing to paper would become quite logically problematic in the sense that the price of this resource could soar. We can then imagine that several different resources undergo unexpected overconsumption and that theTheir stocks would not follow.
9. A major part of our daily occupations would stop
Streaming music and videos, use of the internet for leisure, social networks, online video games… In short, most of the daily occupations at home would be a little stopped. We would read good books and watch DVDs, that's not bad too.
10. The basic infrastructure would be "spared " but the more complex would be at a standstill
If the stock market, global and world trade, part of banking systems (even if it is complex to know which ones ), supply chains and many sectors of this kind would be affected by this shutdown, the most basic infrastructures should be spared or be able to restart quickly (running water and electricity), that's already it.
Well, keep in mind that all this is just guesswork because it never really happened and besides that Shouldn't really happen, the internet is a secure thing with multiple relays, so it is unlikely that the internet will shut down completely.
Sources: Guizmodo , Computer , Sciencing , Verdict , Insh .