However, only a small percentage of people are online in the world, 12%. The barrier between those online and offline is called the digital divide. Steve Cisler wants to find out how people live without the Internet.
"A lot of the people I know and work with see those offline as needing to be saved, that they are doomed if they are not online. But I don't believe that. I think the vast majority of people believe there is more to life than the internet."Personally, I'd never do this kind of research. Research without the Internet is a contradiction in itself. Sure it can be done, but why not make it easier and faster with a net connection?
Such talk is practically heresy in a part of the world that's earned its fame and fortune from computers and the world wide web. But Mr Cisler hasn't gone to the dark side without good reason. His decision to cut the umbilical cord with his internet service provider is being done in the name of research.
Cisler isn't going completely offline though. He's going to maintain a blog about his travels through the wilderness of the unwired jungle.