03/17/2008 - It may not be the end of the world. But it can feel like it.
You open your Web browser, only to be greeted by an obscure error message suggesting something is wrong with your Internet connection. Hit the refresh key. Nothing.
Then comes that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach as the realization sets in: No e-mail. No eBay. No MySpace. No YouTube.
It's as if you've been transported back to the Dark Ages. Might as well take away your electricity and running water, too.
Such has been the transformation of the Internet, which has wormed its way into our lives during the past decade, morphing from accessory to necessity. Never is that more obvious than those times when you want to go online, but can't.
For decades, the television set has been the centerpiece of the American home. Nothing else challenges it in terms of time spent watching it. But a recent study by The Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests Americans actually place a higher value on their Internet connections.
Read the full article It Hurts to Lose That Internet Connection on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site.
Read the full report Mobile Access to Data and Information on the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.