We certainly can survive without the internet. Sure as the years go by it will be hard to get a job. But besides that we don't need the internet. If you really need the Internet go to the library. Also the Internet has been link to depression.. And other mental disorders.
If the internet was suddenly 'unplugged', people would panic, businesses would crumble, scholars would be left in the dark, but eventually people would adapt. As a species we have shown the greatest aptitude for adaptation, so we will survive. We still have the telephone, mail, libraries. We will be forced to go back to grass roots level in terms of communication
The Internet is primarily used for communication and entertainment. 30 years ago people had to make an effort to send a letter to communicate with their friends and family. Forget 30 years, even today people send letters and prefer that over sending emails. It is absolutely evident that human beings would be able to survive without internet. The cavemen did it and so can you!
I strictly recall a time from my birth up to 12 years of age when the Internet simply didn't exist or people may have heard about it, but it was unthinkable. I recall, during those 12 years, being able to function and breath just fine. I believe it is very easy to survive without the Internet.
Of course we could survive without the Internet. Humans are extremely adaptable. We survived for millennial without the Internet, I'm sure we could do it again. There would be immediate restlessness and boredom felt by many, and expressed through angry outbursts and/or bouts of depression. Emotional response aside, our economic landscape would change drastically. Commerce would have to revert to older methods of communication and record keeping. Anyone working in software will lose their job. Their would be panic and the banks would likely collapse. But their will also be a wave of entrepreneurship. The urban United States has become very dependent on the Internet and therefore would take longer to adjust than rural areas and other nations. But it will adjust.
The fact that people survived for thousands of years without the internet is reason to believe that we could all survive without it. However, there would be a major adjustment period as most people have grown very accustomed to using the internet regularly. It would change life in a drastic way and would probably be hard for younger people to comprehend.
If you ask the youth of today, the answer would be very different, however, you are asking the general population. Twenty or thirty years ago, there was no Internet. We used books to do our research. We spoke to our grandparents, and their friends for information about their past and their lives. We read text books. We survived then, we can survive now.
We have raised a society where we rely on the internet for everything. Our kids and schools and basically everywhere are to reliable in the internet. Sure it would be difficult to get a job and all that but hey we got to where we are now without internet right?
No, I don't think so that we can now survive without internet, because our lives is dependent on internet as this world has become a global village, where everything is within our reach. Life without internet would be like going back to stone-age. This seems impossible in this hi-tech era.
Now that the Internet has been very popular for at least a decade or so, people have made the Internet an essential part of their everyday life. If it were to go away, it would change the way we communicate and do business. I believe that many people would not be able to survive such drastic changes in a short time.
As very sad as it is, the Internet does have a big role in my life. It fills a very empty void which I will not dwell into. It also gives me knowledge to virtually all information known to man, and it allows me to educate myself and not just rely on a single source.