Is the Internet essential to daily life?

Yes, it is, according to an Intel sponsored survey of 2,100 men and women. The poll conducted by Harris Interactive found that most adults found Internet access more improtant that watching televison or other, uhm, uh, ‘adult activities’. Here are some of the less risque and interesting ‘figures’:

  • 65% feel they cannot live without Internet access
  • 71% responded that it is important to have laptops, netbooks and mobile Internet devices
  • Most U.S. adults also identify the Internet as a key tool in today’s economy for managing personal finances, finding discounts and the best deals while shopping online
  • 84% have saved money by comparing prices online and finding the best deals before making purchases
  • 66% have saved money simply by shopping online
  • 78% say their ability to stay in touch with friends and family has improved.
  • 68% say they are able to shop more effectively.
  • 47% say they are able to manage their finances better because of the Internet through activities such as online banking and paying bills.

The following items and activities were ranked below Internet access in importance:

  • Cable television subscriptions (39 percent)
  • Dining out (20 percent)
  • Shopping for clothes (18 percent)
  • Gym membership (10 percent)

You can see the full press release on the report on the Intel web site.

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  2. nadia says:

    I read the full survey and it’s alarming how reliant we have become on the Internet. Personally, I’m tied down by my email and phone because of my job. The Internet is becoming so much more affordable and easy to access. Even companies like Clear ( are making it easier for users to stay connected, no matter where they are in the city. Users never have to look for hot spots. And now that Obama is working toward a broadband Internet plan, I bet those stats will rise drastically in the future.

  3. Jade says:

    I’m not surprised. As a mater of fact I expected those percentages to be higher.

    There is really not much of a problem with using the internet except hackers, viruses and computer crashes where valuable data is lost. But more people in the world are getting use to this idea.

    It makes you wonder why most of the world is still on a dial up connection.

  4. Nadia, I think President-Elect Obama will have a big positive influence on the Internet and its accessibility. It played such a large role in his election campaign, and the follow-up, so I am looking forward to seeing how he will use it in his presidency. He will also be our first digital president.

    I also hope this helps bring more focus and resources to Internet security in all walks of life.

    Jade, as for dial-up, in many areas dial-up costs more than high speed broadband access. Many people stay with dial-up because they’ve had it for so long, and they aren’t aware that they may be overpaying for it. I know a few people still using diual-up and I am constantly encouraging them to make the switch.

    Thanks for your comments. Hope to hear more from you two soon.

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