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New Zealanders plunged into nightmare of two days without Internet

Two. Whole. Days.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 22, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 12:43 pm CDT

Imagine lasting a grueling 48 hours without any Internet access. 

That means no streaming of your favorite shows on Netflix, no checking Facebook notifications, no indulging in some quality time with your hand and X-rated content of choice. Internet outages happen all the time, of course, but people are so addicted to the Web these days that any prolonged disconnection is now quite literally newsworthy.

The New Zealand Herald, in fact, just published a story titled “Residents endure two days without internet.” Apparently around 120 east Auckland, New Zealand, residents were affected by an Internet blackout this past weekend. The news outlet also interviewed one specific man who was “fuming” over the fact that it took two days to determine that it was the fiber network screwing up and not his Internet service provider.

When the Internet was finally back up, the man had this to say: “I’m glad. I think everyone in this area is glad—nobody had Internet here, it was myself, my neighbors, everybody.” What a travesty! We sure hope nobody had to talk to each other—except about the lack of Internet, that is.

We get it, people: There are emails to be sent, bank accounts to be managed, porn to be watched. But is the Internet a human necessity like food or water? And is it so hard to use a little more data on your phone plan or go to a public library with Wi-Fi? The answer to both is yes. Yes, it is.

H/T The New Zealand Herald | Photo via gepat/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 22, 2015, 3:41 pm CDT