We're overdue for another large sunspot, one of those will liven up Elon's day. I wonder how well younger generations would cope if all the social media suddenly vanished for a few months?
In 2012 we narrowly missed a solar flare more powerful than the Carrington Event.
Still to this day, when there's a powercut, my brain goes to "solar flare". I recall randomly flicking through a newspaper as a teenager. Never cared for the news back then, and my folks read the Daily Mail which is a very biased and inflammatory paper. Hit upon a double page spread with a photo of the Tzar Bomba nuclear detonation, and in giant letters across the double page spread:
HOW THE WORLD WILL END
It went on to list and write about all sorts - supervolcanic eruptions, solar flares, self-replicating nanobots creating the "grey goo" effect, global warming, nuclear war, biological warfare, asteroid impacts.
I read it and instantly went into panic/anxiety mode. It was something I didn't leave for years. I lived each day terrified, feeling like I was living on borrowed time. It was exhausting. Mind you, I'm no stranger to that level of fear/helplessness. When I was 9 years old, my folks took me and my brother to watch Waterworld. Seeing a city lying at the bottom of the ocean floor? Triggered the same level of overwhelm and anxiety as reading that newspaper did. Honestly - a 9 year old shouldn't get hit with such overwhelming and prolonged levels of anxiety and crisis.
Took a long time to reach a point of acceptance - that basically we probably can't do diddly squat, and at least we'll all die together.