What is More Important: Electricity or the Internet?

Lamp through a viewfinder by .reid.
Lamp through a viewfinder by .reid.

Comparing electricity to the Internet is actually simple. Electricity changed things. It changed how humans lived life, worked, played, communicated, and so much more. The Internet did a lot of the same. It changed how we communicate, spend our free time, earn a living, and so much more (banking, investing, booking vacations, buying groceries, etc). The common denominator between the two: they brought about a cultural shift.

To ask the question “Which one is more important” is a little trickier, but only at first glance. While there are probably alternative ways to have an internet connection powered (solar, etc), electricity is probably the main way our modems and routers stay connected to the Internet. When our power goes out, the first thing I think, seriously, is “crap, no more WiFi.” Now, if I had a generator, that might solve that problem, but I don’t, and you probably don’t either.

My vote for which one is more important: electricity.

Also, if I had to choose one to do without, I would choose the internet. As long as I have electricity I can have light to: write letters, pay bills, read (for leisure and education), watch public television (assuming if we don’t have internet that we are a few decades in the past), heat and cool my home, etc.

Electricity is the chicken. Without it we have no egg (the internet) πŸ™‚

Thoughts? Which one is most important to you? Which one would you elect to do without?

2 thoughts on “What is More Important: Electricity or the Internet?

  1. When I first read this question, I was like “Wait, don’t they both go hand in hand?” You can’t have one without the other and so I was slightly stumped until I viewed the big picture. I just had a conversation with someone the other day about this. How reliant we are on technology and the internet. If we aren’t connected, we go insane. We fumble around and have withdrawals. I once went five days without an internet connection, talk about withdrawal central!

    However, the big picture for me is more crucial. Electricity generates everything. As you mentioned above, electricity generates light, heat/air, and most if not all our necessities in life. So in the grand scheme of things, I’d definitely have to go with Electricity.

    If I really had to choose which I could do without? Tough call, but I’d say The Internet. I think the internet for me has done more harm than good on a personal level, but it’s also saved my life. I think unplugging every once and a while and enjoying life is necessary. I really don’t think as a society we unplug as often as we should.

    Good post! πŸ™‚


    1. Yes, the Internet has done a lot of good and a lot of bad. It definitely requires a certain level of self-control to use the tool wisely.

      Disconnecting is good. I actually went about 7 months without Internet and it was great (looking back that is). I got a TON of reading done πŸ™‚


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