The HighSpeedInternet.com team recently surveyed 5,000 Americans via Google Consumer Surveys and asked people whether they would rather give up Internet or other valued items (such as sex, coffee, alcohol, family, or pets) for 6 months.
Here’s what we found…
Question: Which would you rather give up for 6 months? Internet or “physical intimacy”?
One Third of Americans Would Rather Have Internet than Sex
67.5% of respondents would give up Internet over sex.
Nearly 70% of surveyed Americans would give up Internet in order to keep their love life in check; however, this also means that over 30% would choose Internet over sex for half a year!
Millennials Seem to Care Less About Sex Than Their Parents Do
48.4% of respondents ages 18-24 would give up sex before they would give up Internet.
Nearly 50% of those ages 18-24 surveyed said they would rather give up sex than Internet. Whereas just under 30% of those ages 45-64 would give up sex for Internet, revealing that baby boomers seem to value sex more than the college-age people we surveyed.
Question: Which would you rather give up for 6 months? Internet or drinking coffee?
80% of Americans Would Give Up Coffee to Keep Their Internet
80% of respondents would give up drinking coffee to keep their Internet.
It turns out exactly 4 out of 5 Americans we surveyed would choose Internet over coffee any day, but the older the person surveyed, the more likely they were to choose their beloved cup of Joe over Internet…
28% of respondents ages 65 and older would give up Internet before quitting coffee.
So it seems college-age Americans may not be as addicted to their lattes as much as we might have assumed.
Question: Which would you rather give for 6 months? Internet or drinking alcohol?
Over 80% of Americans Would Give Up Alcohol to Keep Their Internet
83.4% of respondents would give up drinking alcohol before giving up Internet.
It looks like Americans tend to be more willing to give up alcohol over coffee in order to keep their Internet. And it seems American women are more willing to pass on alcohol than men in order to keep their Internet.
1 out of 4 Men Would Give Up Internet for Alcohol
86.7% of women would give up alcohol for Internet, while 79.9% of men would go without alcohol to keep their Internet.
Perhaps it’s not a surprise to many that men would choose alcohol over Internet more often than women would.
Question: Which would you rather give up for 6 months? Internet or seeing family?
Family Time is Valued Over Sex
83.7% of respondents would give up Internet in order to see their family.
We were pleased to see that over 80% of respondents chose seeing their family over Internet. But we also learned that over a quarter of the 18-24 age group would give up seeing their family for 6 months in order to keep their Internet…
26.1% of respondents ages 18-24 would give up seeing family in exchange for Internet access.
And it was no surprise that the 65 and older group were least likely to give up seeing family for Internet.
Question: Which would you rather give for 6 months? Internet or seeing your pet?
Still Man’s Best Friend
Respondents with pets were overwhelmingly willing to skip out on Internet in order to see their pet(s).
We also learned that those surveyed with pets were much more willing to give up Internet in order to keep seeing their pet(s).
Millennials Love Pets the Most
45.6% of respondents ages 18-24 were willing to give up Internet to see their pet(s).
And nearly half of our 18-24 age group would give up Internet to see their pets, but under 30% of those over 65 would be willing to do the same.
In sum, Americans seem to believe sex is better than Internet access, but the Internet is not quite as important than martinis or lattes. And family time and pets trump Internet access, too.
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