The UK is a country obsessed with the internet – the entire western world is. In fact, Briton’s spend one in 12 waking minutes online.

What’s more, according to a recent study by Oxford university eight out of 10 people rely on the internet for everyday activities.

We’re living in an era of digital revolution where what used to require face-to-face transactions have been transformed into a simple process on a user-friendly website or app. Going to the bank used to mean making time during specified business hours, filling out various forms, queuing for a cashier and exchanging paper money. Now, all of this can be done with a few taps on your iPhone screen at any time of day or night. More than just banking, everything from supermarket shopping to finding directions and booking holidays can now be done online.

For businesses, the internet is a must-be realm. Email has become the new phone call and a company without a website will disappear into oblivion. If we can’t instantly see a business encapsulated on a webpage then we’ll just use another company which has popped up in a Google search.

Social networking has completely changed the way in which we interact with friends, keep in touch with family and even meet potential suitors. However, it might surprise you to hear that the number of people using sites like Facebook and Twitter has stayed almost unchanged at 61 per cent of the population over the past two years. But 61 per cent is still a huge portion of the population.

With such a heavy reliance on the World Wide Web, it does make you wonder what would happen if it were to crash. Clearly, life would not go on as normal. For many, business would grind to a halt, organising social events would be a nightmare and having to source answers to random questions without the help of Google would be challenging to say the least.

We’ve got to the point where we need the internet. To give you an idea of life without broadband, I’ve included the infographic below, which was created in conjunction with Virgin Media

Our cat fetishes and serial love of selfies wouldn’t just disappear; they’d be regenerated into alternative forms of expression. But, it just wouldn’t be the same. Broadband affords us unique opportunities which we often take for granted. The chance to share your holiday snaps (which are usually just gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere) with your hundreds of Facebook friends, or to win prizes just by tweeting 140 characters about a brand, or to find out anything from how to change a car tyre to the extent of your family tree in a matter of minutes – seconds even – is a luxury that only a few decades ago was not available.

So, next time you look to your phone for directions or send an email while on the move, appreciate the fact that thanks to the internet, you’re able to do that.