We just had about 30 minutes here at work where the internet was down. Our business doesn't even rely on the internet except for external email delivery (internal flows fine without it). Even so, for that 30 minutes the majority of people in the office just downed tools, wandered around, socialized etc and got nothing done. It seems the mindset has become that they can't work without the internet, even when they don't need to use it! The modern day safety blanket!
We've had the same 'completely lost feeling at home. Comcast (who suck) gave us no connection for about 2 days a while back after they totally stuffed up a server upgrade. Since we use a VOIP phone and keep in steady contact with family back in Australia, we had no lines of communication out of the country - just cell phones.
So it got me to thinking: how would your life be without the internet?