would you give up the internet?

A week or so ago, there was a question swirling around Twitter and Facebook: Would you give up the internet (forever) for a million dollars?

My answer (with zero hesitation): NO.

No way, no huh, not in a million bazillion years. I love, love, love the internet.

If I gave up the internet, I couldn’t Skype with friends in Cambodia.

If I gave up the internet, I couldn’t release a sweet new long-awaited e-book in October (details forthcoming–on the internet, of course).

If I gave up the internet, I could only apologize to a handful of Democrats instead of a boatload.

If I gave up the internet, Ava couldn’t go to this “really cool school” this fall.

If I gave up the internet, I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with some amazing folks all over the country (and world). And I wouldn’t be able to pray for/advocate on behalf of amazing ministries in Haiti and Thailand and Kenya and EVERYWHERE.

If I gave up the internet, how would I know about this INCREDIBLE woman and be able to invite her into our home in a couple weeks to share her story with anyone who wants to come?

You know I could go on for days.

I’m sure some of you think you could survive without the internet (and maybe you’re right), but for the rest of you, what’s the one thing you would miss most about the internet if you had to give it up?

24 thoughts on “would you give up the internet?

  1. gitz

    oh my gosh, my whole connection with the outside world, even just friends down the street, is solely thanks to the internet. NO WAY i’d give it up. No way.

  2. Shannon

    I’d miss my heart-son Sasha’s emails from Ukraine, sharing how God’s working in our lives on my blog, sending photos of my kids to far-away family, being able to serve in ministry alongside others around the world as though we were not so far apart at all. Sometimes I’m convicted that i do waste time online, but there are also ways the Lord has used the internet as an incredible tool of ministry in my life.

  3. valerie

    Recently I “happened” upon a blog whose author will be traveling to Uganda in a few weeks to bring home their new son. She was hosting a virtual (and real) sewing party to make sanitary items to take to the young ladies living in orphanages in Uganda. Having just come home from a mission trip there myself, I was SO excited to be able to join her sewing party and make things for her to take to these precious young ladies.

    These are the kinds of things I would miss most about the internet. The opportunity to join with people all over the country (and world) in actively doing things to help and bless and serve others, that otherwise I would probably NEVER know about. I love clicking through blog links and “accidentally” stumbling across projects like this, or adoption fundraisers, or whathaveyou, that – like Bethany said – open my eyes to the bigger world and SHOW me ways I can help (because I’m so bad at figuring out those ways on my own).

  4. Missy June

    oh, I’m the oddball – I would TOTALLY give up the internet for $1M! Hands-down, no questons asked, done.

    I love the internet and enjoy the connectivity but would completely value the security and ability to contribute that $1M would offer.

    I’m a bit shocked this is so one-sided, since there ARE other ways to educated, learn and be in touch – they just take a bit more intentional effot.

    1. Marla Taviano

      I think it’s so one-sided because that’s how I framed the question. 🙂 When I asked it on Facebook, there were a lot more people who said they’d give it up.

      I would rather share different ministries with one million people than just give a million dollars to a few. The internet can multiply our $ in ways we could never do without it.

  5. Karen

    I hope I am not intruding here with my comments. You all seem to know each other, or at least Marla. I came upon your blog through your husbands blog which I was introduced to by my husband. I don’t know you on a personal level but I enjoy reading your blog.

    My answer to the question is the same as yours, Marla. No, without any hesitation. My reasons are for the same as everyone else has mentioned with one additional reason. I also have a blog which is directed towards women who have been wounded and abused. I write openly and honestly about my own abuse. I have had countless women from all over the nation open up and share their stories with me. It has been a true honor to connect with these women and I would not have been able to do that without the internet.

    1. Marla Taviano

      You’re absolutely welcome here, Karen. We don’t all “know” each other. Some of us are friends in real life, some are friends online, some of us just chat every now and again, and some stalk (with my permission). 🙂

      1. Karen

        Thanks Marla! After I posted my comment I re-read it again and realized that I would have rather have said I write openly and honestly about my own abuse and the healing journey I am on. It is so much more about the healing then the abuse. Just want to be clear about that. 🙂

  6. Sharon W

    Just one thing??? I guess the ability to find any info out there that I need. Sick toddler? Type in symptoms and find out what she most likely has and if she needs to go to the Doc and/or how I can home treat her illness. Have random ingredients that need to be used up? Go to allrecipes.com, type them in and out pops a recipe. Debating with husband on how to pronounce a word? Go to m-w.com, type in the word and listen to the pronunciation. I could go on and on.

    Of course I also love to use the Internet to keep in touch with friends via email and read blogs, but I was trying to think of an original reason that I couldn’t live w/o it.

  7. Claudia

    Despite what some experts say, I believe the internet is a phenomenal tool that can connect people and open our eyes to people and issues that we need to be aware of…Of course, your blog is another reason I couldn’t give it up! 😉

  8. Amanda Rae

    You just HAD to talk about this again didn’t you? After a week or so of deliberation..i’m siding with you. Don’t tell Gabe! 😉

  9. Jen Hanson

    I was going to say staying in touch with my many long-distance friends and family members, which is true. But after seeing Bethany’s response, I’m going to have to agree and to cheat by adding a second reason: seeing the truth (both the hard and beautiful parts) of the world outside of my bubble.

    1. Marla Taviano

      Amen to both of those. Love you, Jen! I’ll add “seeing photos of my new twin first-cousins-once-removed right after they’re born” to the list. 🙂

      p.s. I had a dream about you and Devin the other night. He was telling me about this new blog you started, called “Tying Herself in Knots.” I kid you not. I wrote it down as soon as I woke up.

  10. Bethany

    The internet is keeping my worldview in perspective. I want to open my eyes to the world around me and get out of my upper-middle class American mindset and see the needs around me and break free from this ignorant bubble that I’ve had around me my whole life.

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