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What would you miss most if you didn’t have Internet access?

In my Inbox this morning was a “newsletter” from a company I have been been a fan of for years now, (and whose flagship product, Spyware Doctor, I unreservedly endorse) which provided some interesting statistics and asks a thought provoking question…

Polling the online activities of the ‘digitally active’

PC Tools recently commissioned a survey investigating online habits, to ensure we’re providing relevant products, services and information to you – our ‘digitally active’ customer.
The results are nothing short of surprising. A staggering 57% of people surveyed would give up alcohol before giving up the Internet, while 11% would give up their job and 8.6% would go without sex to stay connected!

What would you miss most if you didn’t have Internet access?

Social media ranked first with 68% of participants responding that socializing with others would be the hardest Internet activity to give up with increasing numbers turning to the Internet for love. A revealing 30% indicated that one of the hardest online activities they would have to sacrifice is sexually related content!

Our survey also reported a solid 29% considered work-related information difficult to part with, with the remaining 28% claiming that losing news and celebrity updates would be the hardest.

No matter what your activity of choice, it will come as no surprise that cybercriminals will continue targeting the most popular online activities in 2010 with malware, viruses, spyware and more.

There is no doubt (and a recent service outage proved) that I have become quite dependent on the Internet. For one, almost half of my repairs (Aplus Computer Aid) are conducted online via “remote control”. For another, I have long ago tired of the “journalists” of the “mainstream media” and I get all my news and information from online sources… but, what would I miss most? Hmmm….

How ’bout it, folks? What would you miss the most if you had to give up the Internet? Click on the Comments link and let me/us know.
(It really wouldn’t be ‘celebrity updates’.. would it???)

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January 23, 2010 - Posted by | Internet


  1. I do not think I could do without Facebook.


    Comment by Sarah | January 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Sarah,
      While “social networking” is not my cup of tea, I understand that Facebook is quite popular, and that many folks may even be Facebook.. um.. “addicted”? (A house burglar would not have been caught, but he used the victims computer to check his facebook profile and forgot to log out. See, Facebook catches burglar.)


      Comment by techpaul | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. It’s hard to pick just one, especially since I rely on the Internet for news and political commentary, and for keeping in touch with friends and family by email, but I think that the ability to research at any time of day practically anything I need to know about, from health issues to computer tips/tutorials/software and work-related topics, would be what I would miss most.


    Comment by Susan Bain | January 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Susan Bain,
      A side-effect of my ongoing efforts to educate people that they need to exercise “paranoid common sense” while online, and take proactive measures to protect their machines.. and my complaints about spam and advertisement overload– is that I sort of sound “down on” the Internet.

      On the other side of that coin, I often remark on how there is simply a stunning,staggering, amazing amount of “free education” out there (for those with inquisitive minds).
      From video tutorials on YouTube, to satellite images of weather patterns, to Wikipedia, to complete books, to Help forums, to info-blogs, to image libraries, to get-directions maps… well, short version: never in Man’s history has so much information been so available to so many. (apologies to Mr. Churchill)


      Comment by techpaul | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. FYI I received the newsletter from PCTools as well. What would I miss most? Hmm…

    I think that I would have missed Facebook and soccer updates the most.


    Comment by Adrian | January 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Adrian,
      As I mentioned to Susan, I will pass on the Facebook/Twitter stuff, but the latest news & information (including sports scores) – count me in! Why wait for the morning paper?


      Comment by techpaul | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. Surprising results from the survey to say the least, resulting from the interesting question, what I would miss most if I did not have Internet access?

    My list is endless (excluding Facebook)
    -contact with friends and family, through email and chat, easier and faster than making that phone call, sometimes just to leave a message.

    -using the internet for research purposes, on many subjects of interest, all the info. is there, right at my finger tips, so fast and easy.

    -then there’s the digital photos, which I enjoy, U-tube, movies, entertainment, socializing and working from home, may never have to go out of my home…

    Seems like we have exchanged human contact for machines – is that good? While I am aware of that question, and ask myself the same, my answer is, I “cannot” give up Access To The Internet

    Sometines this whole concept of technology becomes blurry and scary.



    Comment by Gaia | January 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Yes I agree: our technologies are evolving at an incredible rate and, they are being rushed to market with little or no thought about possible long-term consequences. (One ‘for instance’: cell phones causing so many fatal accidents..)
      It will not be too long before computers (automation) will be fully aware of our locations and our behaviors.. and methods will be available for whom ever is in Authority to police it (automatically). The technology is here now, and is beginning to be implemented in the name of “pubic safety”.

      As for the fact that we are becoming a ‘shut in’ society, and eschewing personal contacts in exchange for direct human interaction.. well, I for one cannot see any possible good in that trend.


      Comment by techpaul | January 25, 2010 | Reply

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