Britons would be more ‘stressed out’ by not having internet access than if their heating was switched off, their TVs didn’t work or they didn’t have water, according to a new study.
A survey of 1,000 London commuters by Infosecurity Europe, reported by freshbusinessthinking.com, found more people would worry about not having internet access than some of the most valuable utilities used in everyday life.
The report suggests 38 per cent would be stressed out through lack of internet, followed by 32 per cent claiming lack of water would hinder their stress levels. Furthermore, 18 per cent cited lack of heating while no TV and no washing machine would be a bugbear to eight per cent and four per cent of commuters respectively, adds dezeen.com.
However, with the introduction of 4G to the UK, those worried about lack of internet access can use a 4G sim in a compatible mobile device in order to access their favourite sites or play games online.
Claire Sellick, event director for Infosecurity Europe, commented on the figures: “It is not just at home that the Internet has become a ‘must have’ – the same sentiment falls into the workplace too.
“Having an internet connection is part and parcel of our everyday lives [and is] becoming more important than even heat and water at home, which does seem phenomenal but shows just how dependent we are on the internet,” she added.