What could happen if internet went down for a day?

What would a world without internet look like? 

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For an everyday person, some cell phone services and text messaging would be unavailable, all mobile apps and social networking sites would be down, cloud storage would be inaccessible, any pending electronic payments would fail, and more.

 

For most of the people who work in high-powered or white-collar jobs, an internet shutdown for the day would be the equivalent of a “snow day” from work or school.

 

However, blue-collar workers and large institutions, around the world, that rely on the internet for day-to-day functions would be crippled.

 

With the internet down, you would not be able to use any of your financial apps, so you’d have to go to the bank to make any transactions — unless you use an online bank, in which case all banking transactions would be sidelined.

 

In most cases in the healthcare sector, an internet shutdown for a day would be inconvenient to day-to-day operations, but shouldn’t result in life-or-death situations. Some medical centers may require to reschedule non-life threatening surgeries and procedures, but as mentioned, hospitals prepare for these types of scenarios regularly.

 

Small businesses that couldn’t afford to essentially “take the day off” would have to become cash-only operations relying on backup systems to keep going throughout the day.