How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

Summary: You fire up your computer, click on your favorite browser icon (let's not argue over which one!), you type in the URL of your favorite website ( ... www.zdnet.com ...) and then ... nothing ...

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You fire up your computer, click on your favorite browser icon (let's not argue over which one!), you type in the URL of your favorite website ( ... www.zdnet.com ...) and then ... nothing ...

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How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

According to research carried out by Intersperience, chances are that you're going to feel 'upset' and 'lonely' and if that connection was down for 24 hours, you'd feel like you were in a 'nightmare.'

The survey looked at more than 1,000 individuals between the ages of 18 to over 65s. These people were questioned about their 'digital lives' including their attitudes and use of the internet, smartphones and other connected devices.

Here are the highlights:

  • 53% of Brits feel ‘upset' when deprived of internet connection
  • 40% of people surveyed feel ‘lonely' when not able to go online
  • Challenge of 24 hours without digital devices described as ‘nightmare'

For some it seems, a day's fast from technology is a major hardship, akin to giving up an addiction:

The project also involved qualitative research, including challenging participants to get through one full day without using technology. Giving up technology was considered by some to be as hard as quitting smoking or drinking, while one survey participant described it as "like having my hand chopped off" and another called it "My biggest nightmare."

A significant number of people ‘cheated' by switching on the television or radio as they did not regard them as ‘technology.' Others agreed to the challenge but turned their mobile phones to silent, regarding being completely disconnected even for one day as "inconceivable."

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So, how do you feel when your router goes dark? Does it make you tear out your hair or do you use it as a chance to disconnect and have a breather?

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  • I snail mailed my elected officials.

    Verizon got very prompt very fast. I wasn't so much anxious as enraged, you see. Three years of intermittent service and then they left me without phone OR internet for month? Yah. Nothing like hearing from Senator Schumer's office. Verizon even gave me a direct number to avoid the nasty phone tree.
    aquart
    • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

      @aquart
      quito392
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    It gives me time to do other things. There are days I do not even bother to log in, because I have other things to do. There is this thing called the outside world after all.
    Rick_K
  • I try to find a solution

    ... which would involve logging into my neighbor wireless networks to find one with an internet connection still working. Got a backtrax partition on my laptop just in case all open networks are also down.
    Tommy S.
    • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

      @Tommy S.
      Generally if my connection is down then the majority of my neighbors? connections are down. Well unless there is an issue with the modem (which has happened in the past). If the modem checks out, then I just move on and do something else for a while.
      Rick_K
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    I great irritated momentarily. Usually, I find out I don't have service when I'm planning to do something, so yes, it's annoying. However,I deal with the reality and move on to other things.
    jamerican413
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    I'm not bothered unless I'm trying to log on to my online class. Then we have problems. Otherwise, I don't mind the occasional disconnect.

    I have a great system that can play offline just as much as it can play online. A nice OS that is more than just a browser. ;)
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • "...more than just a browser."

      @Cylon Centurion I remember those days when computers were considered computers and not the internet. *sigh* I, too, have much to do without a connection.
      twistedg
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    I live in the boondocks, and service for anything, I.E. phone, TV, and internet, electricity,,, is spotty at best. So until the infrastructure catches up with me,, no worries, I'll just read a book(gasp!), or play a game of solitaire.
    Rikaroo
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    OOOH No......!!!
    No Porno ???!!!!!
    partman1969@...
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    Lonely? No. Furious? Yes. Especially since the standard response when you call your ISP is that there's nothing wrong on their end, you obviously did something wrong.
    Aerowind
    • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

      @Aerowind
      Fully agree - how offensive they can be with such a response! One small tidbit of understanding, tho - usually the response is from a very remote (read ASIA) location, who truly do not have realtime ability to diagnose anyway. I continue to wonder how the providers can stay in business with such poor excuses for "service". (Also, remember "service" is what a bull does to a cow, and in that sense, we truly are "serviced"...)
      Willnott
  • Home Sales - Internet Connection

    You wouldn't believe the number of people lately who are looking to buy a home that are making Internet connectivity high in their list of requirements. Can't sell your home? Maybe it's because all it can connect to is 1.5MB DSL!

    :-)
    Sedric7777777
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    I've worked in the Internet industry since before it was fashionable. My connection isn't perfect but I do choose my providers based on who has the most reliable service rather than some meaningless metric like maximum throughput or bundling with TV and phone. These are nice but having a stable connect is far, far better. It doesn't hurt to be able to call Tech Support and honestly say "Listen Bob (western pseudonym) I'm a network engineer, this is down and here's why. No, I'm not going to reboot my computer, I'm also a systems admin and software developer. Now escalate the damn call!"
    tschuh
    • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

      @tschuh
      Gee, I can't imagine why they wouldn't jump and ask how high for you with that attitude.
      tom@...
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    If down for any significant length of time, I contact the provider about this. If they are no help, then I ask them to give the Public Service Commission phone number so I can file a complaint with the PSC - and I also mention that I intend to deduct 1days cost from their monthly bill every time this happens.

    Amazing how they escalate the phone call to a supervisor or next level tech when I ask about the phone number for the PSC

    John
    johncrea
    • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

      @johncrea Now doesn't that just make you special. What an ego.
      icg1032@...
    • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

      @johncrea
      You're lucky, if that's really the case. The ISPs here will never respond to only a few calls from disparate areas. And the PSC, well, they aren't the enforcement division.
      tom@...
  • google

    Imagine on top of that you have a Chromebook LOL and really can't do anything YIKES!
    Hasam1991
  • RE: How do you feel when your internet connection goes down?

    I immediately go to the cloud freak who thinks cloud computing is "the future" and laugh out loud :P.

    OK, maybe not - but seriously, I'm pretty prepared for such a case. I've got offline apps and games. "Cloud only" sounds good on paper, but is pretty terrible in practice.
    CobraA1