The Day The Internet Made The Earth Stand Still…ish

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you this special blog to give you the very latest information on an amazing phenomenon: the internet. Hold on to your hats, you will never be able to forget… the day the earth stood still. Sort of.

5th January 2021
The Day The Internet Made The Earth Stand Still…ish
Written by Connor Jewiss

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you this special blog to give you the very latest information on an amazing phenomenon: the internet. Hold on to your hats, you will never be able to forget… the day the Earth stood still. Sort of. 

Okay, the hyperbolic intro paragraph might have been overkill. The earth didn’t quite stand still for a day—we’re not in a 1951 sci-fi classic after all. But it did come close. On 14.12.20, Google had an outage across all of its services. And a large part of the internet came to a grinding halt. In this blog, we’re going to be taking a look at how much we rely on the internet. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

What Happened With Google Then?

Multiple Google services such as YouTube, Gmail, and Google Drive were down for roughly 1–2 hours on Monday morning. They were hit with a widespread outage. Google’s initial review blames a glitch for the outage. They wrote ‘The root cause was an issue in our automated quota management system which returned errors globally’ on their support page. Essentially, the computer said no.

This didn’t only result in people not being able to catch their latest YouTube vid in their subscription box. It had much greater implications. Google search, the world’s most popular and used internet search engine (as per the Search Engine Journal), was out of order for the period. Additionally, businesses relying on Google services, such as Drive and Gmail, for day-to-day operations faced downtime. This could have potentially harmed their ability to run. Furthermore, some users also reported their smart home products relying on Google services were unusable. This left some people unable to control their devices and parts of their home. Finally, third-party apps relying on Google’s services were also hit by problems.

Do we Really Rely On The Internet?

The majority of people rely on the internet for day-to-day tasks. These include payments, transportation, entertainment, communication, and business. Because of this, it would be hard to argue that people don’t rely on the internet. But let’s delve into this in a bit more detail.

Let’s put the Google outage aside. Whenever any app or platform goes down, there’s mass outcry online. Every time Snapchat goes down, users flock to Twitter to express their anger. When Spotify goes down, people think the sky is falling. When WhatsApp stops for a minute, there are riots on the street. If Apple Pay ever broke…well I don’t even want to imagine the scenes. You get the gist. We rely on the internet an awful lot. 

In all seriousness, think back on your day. How many of your daily activities did you use the internet for? Did you Uber to the office? Use Apple Pay to buy your meal deal? Order a few bits on Amazon? Check your Facebook? Send some emails? Deliveroo for your dinner? Order your groceries for delivery? All of these activities use the internet. Some good (we’ll get to that later), but others may be slightly unnecessary. We’re at a point where there’s an app for everything. Convenient? Sure. But necessary? Not really.

Gone are the days of walking down to your takeaway for your dinner. Pulling notes out of your wallet to pay for your lunch. We’re solving problems that aren’t even real problems. And it’s great. Or is it? We’re seeing the advancement of technology to make our lives easier, but here we circle back to the Google outage. What if it stops working? And you can’t use your phone to pay for everything? What if you can’t order your food? Send your emails? Jump on your Zoom call? When you rely on something that can go wrong, you’re likely going to be stuck when it inevitably does go wrong. And then just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. 

Is It Okay That We Rely On The Internet?

So, we’ve looked at how our internet reliance might be bad. What about it being good? All of these apps and services make our lives easier—our lives are more convenient, and who doesn’t want that? These apps are making us an offer we can’t refuse. A bit more time to spend with the family. Not having to worry about forgetting your wallet. When you’re given a tool that can make things easier for you, it would be arguably foolish not to use it.

Aside from making our lives easier, the more we develop and improve apps, the more we develop technology. Assisting the development of all kinds of technology is ideal. And every time somebody builds a new app, it furthers our technological development. What better way to advance modern technology.

How We Can Help

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If you want to find out how Phavour can help you, or have any questions, head over to our contact page to get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you! 

We’ve considered both sides of the argument. But we want you to let us know your thoughts on how much we rely on the internet. And, let us know if you spotted all six film and TV references.