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

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 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

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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

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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… Give up the Internet - age breakdown

 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

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 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

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 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

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 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… Give up seeing family - age breakdown

 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

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 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

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 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. You’re welcome to share our findings as long as credit is given to HighSpeedInternet.com. If you’d like access to our raw data, please email press@highspeedinternet.com. Recently HighSpeedInternet.com surveyed 1,000 people in the U.S. via Google Consumer Surveys and asked whether they’d rather give up sex or the Internet for 6 months. The results are in, and they paint a surprising picture of where Americans’ values lie.

One third of Americans would rather have Internet than sex.

HSI Image 1 Out of 1,000 people surveyed nearly 33% of them reported they would rather give up sex than the Internet for 6 months. Breaking down the demographics gave us more interesting findings…

Women more likely to prefer getting cozy with the Internet.

HSI Image 2 Women were 28% more likely to say they’d rather give up sex for 6 months.

Boomers are More Likely to Choose Sex Over the Internet.

HSI Image 3 Older age groups were far more likely to choose sex over the Internet. Almost half of the 18-24 group half would rather have Internet than sex. Put the phones down, kids.

The Northeast Prefers Internet Over Sex

HSI Image 4 Respondents living in the West were much more likely to choose sex than the Northeast.

Why?

We can’t say whether people who choose the Internet just don’t care about sex or whether they care a lot about the internet. In the case of 18-24 year olds preferring the internet it seems reasonable to assume they care more about the Internet. Regardless, it’s fascinating to see the difference in relative valuation between generations and geographic areas. Last updated: 12/7/2015, Published 11/30/2015 Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is a psychological problem that affects as many as 420 million people around the world. If you feel you or someone you know is making a reality online more than offline, take a look at some of these signs to see if it could be a result of IAD and what to do before it goes too far. What causes IAD? IAD, also known as compulsive Internet use (CIU) or problematic Internet use (PIU), is a behavioral and impulse-control problem linked to common Internet-related activities. The most common online addictions center on online relationships, gambling, and porn or cybersex. Compulsive Internet use is often the result of depression, shyness, or loneliness. Those with social anxiety issues often turn to the Internet as a way to relieve the loneliness and stress that develops throughout the day. The Internet allows these people to engage in social interactions with others, using the computer as a barrier between them and those they communicate with, thus lessening anxiety. Getting online can also give someone suffering from depression a short boost or high, much like a drug does for an addict, due to the release of dopamine in the brain. One of the biggest reasons someone might develop IAD is because the Internet acts as a gateway for other addictions they might already be suffering from, like gambling, essentially creating two separate addictions. IAD can often lead to a sense of euphoria and/or isolation from those you care about, causing you to lose track of time, and lead to extreme amounts of procrastination. The disorder may produce physical symptoms, including strained vision and severe headaches from looking at a computer screen too long to sleep deprivation from staying online late into the night. What are the symptoms? IAD encompasses a wide range of online activities. It often reveals itself in the form of social networking dependency in people who continually log onto sites like Facebook and Twitter or those who frequent various chat rooms or instant messaging apps. Brain imaging studies have shown receiving attention, or “likes,” on social media, stimulates reward centers in the brain. Constant Googling of information to the point of reducing your productivity at work or home, as well as a loss of interactions with friends and family, can also point to IAD. The ability to satisfy your curiosity through Google Search can often trigger the release of dopamine into the body, which makes motivated to engage in repetitive behavior or motivations. How is it treated? Because the Internet acts as a medium for accessing other psychological problems, like gambling and sex addiction, it’s often difficult to diagnose. Researchers found that sometimes, in order to solve an Internet addiction, a person has to solve the root of their problem first. If you’re turning to the Internet to avoid dealing with problems in your real life, psychologists recommend stepping away from the keyboard and addressing those issues. They suggest keeping a log of your Internet habits and finding areas where you can reduce the amount of time you spend online. You might consider speaking with friends and family about your addiction and looking for better ways to manage stress than getting online. If you don’t think you’re capable of managing your Internet addiction on your own, there are treatment programs available. The programs often involve a voluntary stay at a treatment center to help you kick your need to get online and get back to dealing with life in a healthier way. Symptoms of IAD might be hard to notice, but if you believe you might be suffering from Internet addiction it’s important to get help. IAD can have lasting effects on your productivity, relationships, and overall health, so it’s important to get it in check before it gets too far. Trust us, foregoing Facebook really isn’t the end of the world. Photo Credit: Corle Howell/Flikr
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