People View Internet As “More Important Than Clothing”

Jan 20, 2015

A new study has claimed that countries with the lowest levels of Internet access have indicated they rely on it the most for survival, development and education.

Countries with low Internet access, many of which are in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, were found to be more likely to agree that the Web improves quality of life because of access to information, education, politics and some even said access is necessary to survival.

The research, Human Potential of Internet Study, was conducted by global web infrastructure and cloud hosting provider Peer 1 Hosting.

In India, where less than half the population has Internet access, 45% of participants said they agreed the Net is necessary for survival.

Countries with similar level of Internet access also agreed, including 36% in Pakistan, 34% in Egypt, 27% in China and 24% in Kenya.

This is in contract with countries where 78% or more of population was access to the World Wide Web – in Japan, just 8% of respondents view it as a survival tool.

In Australia, Canada, UK and the US, the percentages were similar at 12%, 14%, 14% and 16% respectively.

To gain these results, Peer 1 Hosting surveys 20,600 Internet users across 25 countries and claims its study shows a drastic difference in the attitudes and perceptions about the power on the Internet and the impact it can have on a life.

“Those With Lower Access More Likely To Realise Potential”

“The gap in Internet accessibility around the world hasn’t stopped less-connected countries from recognising its power to improve life and opportunities,” claimed executive vice president at the hosting firm Sheila Bouman.

“In fact, nations with less Internet access realise the potential of the Internet even more so than places with high access.

“This research offers evidence that filling the gap in global access will help create better lives and reveal the true human potential of the Internet,” she added.

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