Mar 25, 2022

A World Without...

Without plants there would be no life. Without plant life, any form of life outside of the Earth's oceans would be nearly impossible, especially for humans.

If there was no photosynthesis, plants and animals likely could not exist. In addition the atmosphere would have very little oxygen because photosynthesis releases a large amount of oxygen into the air. … Otherwise, the Earth would be a pretty barren lifeless place without photosynthesis.

Without the Sun's heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth.

What would the Earth look like if the Sun disappeared? If the Sun miraculously disappeared, the Earth (and all the other objects in the Solar System) would continue their forward motion in a straight line off into space, instead of following their almost-circular orbits. For the Earth this means it would head off towards the stars at about 30km/s (67,000mph).

What temperature would Earth be without the Sun? For us on earth, it is a source of life. Even in Antarctica, the coldest place on our planet, temperatures seldom drop below minus 50°C. Without the sun’s radiation, the temperature would be anywhere near the absolute zero of minus 273°C.

Without the web, we'd be sleeping better, socialising more and we would be more active. The connectivity it gives us is also exploited by those who wish us harm: cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberbullying would all disappear in a webless world.

You wake up every morning and start your routine which, for most of us, includes catching up on the news. Whether this is about your friends, celebrities, sports, or current events, it usually begins on your smartphone or your tablet. Even on your commute, you’ve got a podcast or internet radio station going. Once at work, you’re sending emails, video conferencing, researching, and sending a few texts to friends. And, unless you have excessive website blocks at your office, you’re probably also checking your social media profiles. Finally, you head home and zone out to some Netflix and have one last browse through social media before you’re off to sleep.

What are the benefits of no internet? On the other hand, being cut off from the internet might do wonders for our personal relationships. Because we wouldn’t have a screen to distract us, we’d start to live in the moment. Imagine heading out to a dinner with your mates and actually having a (gasp!) conversation. And, the conversation, although it still may be about gossip, would focus on the real world. There are plenty of benefits to a life without the internet but one, in particular, is worth noting: you’d get to truly interact with people. The benefits aren’t just about the time we spend awake. Our addiction to connected devices is ruining our sleep.

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