London (UK) – An online survey conducted by an independent research firm called YouGov, of 5,148 respondents in France, Germany, Russia, Spain and UK, found that 77% of those questioned could not live without daily Internet access. This fell above the 54% who said they could not live without a car, and 61% who said they could not live without a washing machine. Would they feel the same way in a couple weeks when the pile of clothes becomes most noticeable, and not just by its size?
51% of males said that having a better visual experience is more important, compared to only 37% of females. And 59% of 18-24 yr olds said that graphics quality is a factor when purchasing a notebook, with 80% of all respondents saying cost is a factor.
81% of the respondents said that after taking digital photos they have uploaded them onto the Internet, such as Flickr or their own personal homepages. 77% had watched YouTube videos, and 66% had downloaded music.
In the United States, at least, it was in just in Q3, 2008 when notebook sales surpassed desktop computer sales for the first time. Some notebook vendors saw their notebook sales exceeding 65% of total corporate sales, which is a strong indicator of the growing strength of the mobile, online PC community.
The survey was conducted entirely online. And while the numbers would likely change significantly had the test been a phone survey or taken of passer-bys at the local mall, it does show an important trend. People who are online love being online and to a great degree.
For someone to say they would prefer to lose their washing machine or car before they would lose their Internet access, well that’s just really something. I also can’t help but wonder how they’d feel about that decision in two or three weeks when the clothes start to become ripe, or they were constantly getting rides from alternate sources.
Such devotion to the Internet reminds me of a speech once given by Bush 41 long after he was president. He was reading some words by someone engaged in longing, despair and a profound sense of loss. Even sanity was being questioned and life’s purpose. Ever since being cut off from the outside, it was like, “what’s really happening in the world? Please, won’t someone tell me? I’m out of touch.”
He closed his speech by saying that the “email and Internet has been down now for almost five minutes.” It doesn’t take long.