Imagine totally disconnecting from the world at large: internet, cell service, television—all totally gone, leaving you free from virtual distractions and the accompanying stress. It's a fantasy most people have had at some point even if they never plan on following through. But what would happen if everyone was suddenly cut off—and it wasn't by choice?
Chances are, it wouldn't be quite as enchanting as you think. At least not in the scenario Richard Hollingham of the BBC explores—a world where all of Earth's satellites suddenly and inexplicably shut down. Things may start off innocently enough, but we'd eventually see how much our world really does depend on these chunks of metal floating overhead: