Posted 2nd February 2016 | By Mark Holloway, Web Developer

So it's Tuesday afternoon and we have no Internet - BT broadband has crashed for the whole country! Being a web developer this is possibly the worst thing that could happen because a huge amount of the work I do involves the Internet.

It's a strange sensation, I feel like I'm cut off from the world and it's got me thinking about what life would be like if we didn't have the internet.

So it's Tuesday afternoon and we have no Internet - BT broadband has crashed for the whole country! Being a web developer this is possibly the worst thing that could happen because a huge amount of the work I do involves the Internet. It's a strange sensation, I feel like I'm cut off from the world and it's got me thinking about what life would be like if we didn't have the internet.

How much to we rely on the Internet?

Everyday household appliances now use the Internet. You can get a WI-FI kettle, a smart TV or even a smart home! I was shocked to find out how much the Internet can control our homes. You can get apps that control your heating, your lights, your security, your music and much more. You can now be out of the house and lock your windows or doors, or switch on your heating when you're nearly home. Any home can be transformed into a smart home using apps such as Samsung SmartThings, Hive and Nest.

Companies such as Apple and Google are investing heavily into smart homes. Back in 2014 Google purchased Nest for £2.2bn, this is considerable investment and it shows that the technology giants are serious about Smart homes, which leads me to believe they are the future of technology.

Can I see a future without Internet?

No, I feel we will keep developing the technology and keep expanding. The possibilities are endless, and one day we could get to a point where we are completely dependent on the Internet and technology.

It's a scary thought that in years to come the Internet will more than likely control every aspect of our lives and control how we act and behave. No longer will we have to plan and set the heating to turn on at a certain time, or double check that all the windows and doors are locked because all of these tasks will be carried out from anywhere in the world using the various applications that run our homes.

So whenever I'm without the Internet, I feel lost. In my spare time I live on the Internet, so whenever it's taken away from me, I don't know what to do. Do I go outside for some fresh air? Do I dust off the old board games and have a game of Monopoly? Or do I just wait and stare at my screen until something appears.

It's normally the latter.

Written by Mark Holloway, Web Developer at ExtraMile Communications

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