Iran ’s sudden announcement on November 15th raised the price of gasoline by more than 50%, leading to outbreaks of anti-government demonstrations in various parts of the country. The demonstrations lasted for five days. The Iranian government began to cut off the Internet connection with foreign countries on the 16th. The domestic mobile phone network has also stopped providing services and can only make calls and cannot access the Internet. Until 21st, most areas of Iran have returned to peace. Successive recovery, but the mobile network has not been restored. This is the first time the Iranian government has shut down the Internet with the outside world. In the information society, people’s clothing, food and shelter are increasingly dependent on the Internet. How did Iranians live in five days without internet? How is it different from usual?
Manna is 32 years old and graduated with a master’s degree in English. She does some translation work at home. Her husband Amir is a painter and runs a trading company.
After the network went down, the biggest losses were Iranian Internet startups and private trading companies. Amir worries about losses every day. He had a shipment sent, but the network was down, and he couldn’t get mail. When the goods arrived at the port, there was an extra charge for each day of stay, and Amir had no choice.
Manna is also very depressed. She usually sends translated manuscripts via the Internet. Without the Internet, she does not know how to work. Manna’s younger brother Misha was responsible for setting up and managing a company’s website. The internet was down and he could only contact his manager by phone. The manager said there was no way but to temporarily shut down the site. To make matters worse, the five days during which the internet was disconnected coincided with the time when some universities in Tehran held IELTS, TOEFL and other study abroad exams. Without the internet, the exams could not be held.
Shayest is a young fashion designer. She and her friend opened an online shop, selling clothes they designed and made on the Internet, and the Internet was broken, and their business was gone. Shayester said that she is used to checking some information or patterns on the Internet every day. Suddenly without the Internet, she feels very suffering. Every day she picks up her mobile phone and habitually looks at social media, only to remember that the internet is broken. Shayest lives with his sister in Tehran, and his parents live in Arak. Usually, they would video chat with their parents and send photos via social media. The network was disconnected and everyone would make two or three calls every day to report safety.
Antique appraiser Mr. Zinari said that the Internet is like food that must be eaten every day, without which there is no way to work. He needs to send pictures and buy antiques over the Internet. There is no internet now. If he drives around to look at antiques and spends money on gasoline, the price of gasoline has tripled. It is not worth it at all.
Fashionably dressed young girl Javana and her boyfriend both do music art work. of. They stayed in the cafe every day for most of the day. They said that they had nothing to do in the past few days, so they had to make an appointment to go out and have coffee together. Javana’s boyfriend said that life is too boring. His job is to transfer music through the Internet. Without the Internet is the end of the world.
On weekdays, Manna will contact friends on social media, and now people can only call each other to greet each other. Tehran’s friends told her that they couldn’t speak online, and everyone was very upset. Manna’s father and two sisters are in the United States. Every day, people make video calls through social media. But the network was down, and Manna could not reach her family in the United States. International calls cannot be made. Manna had to learn about the outside world through the computer on the domestic network or watching TV.
Manna’s friend Ali is in Germany. He called and told Mana that after Iran cut off the Internet connection with foreign countries, he suddenly found that no one could contact him. Ali felt lonely. People are accustomed to finding friendship and truth in virtual networks. All of a sudden without a network, people become lonely people.
Manna’s mother is more than 60 years old. What she usually likes to do is watch the “photo wall” online, watch news and interesting pictures. But now that the internet is down, the “Photo Wall” can’t be seen anymore, and Mom keeps complaining that it’s too boring. However, without going online, the whole family has more time to party and eat. In addition, in order to pass the time, Manna began to read.
Puya is 23 years old and graduated from the Department of French at Tehran University. He teaches French at a language training institution. He said that he is usually used to using online dictionaries. But he thinks that’s fine. At least I have time to exercise, read a book or spend time with my family and friends. I also feel that the world is quiet at once and I have time to think about life quietly.
Nadal is a beautiful Iranian mother. Her son Leo is 5 1/2 years old. She said that it is not good without the internet. She and her husband used to spend their time on mobile phones every day. Now that there is no internet, they spend their time with their children and relatives and friends. Parents who usually wait to pick up their children at the gate of the school usually used to look down at their mobile phones. Nowadays, there is no Internet and everyone chats in groups.