I read a recent article in The Telegraph on how four out of five under-25s feel ‘lost’ without the internet
The opinion poll of 1,000 adults by the Science Museum shows how a generation that has grown up with the web has become dependent upon it.
By contrast, just three out of five people over the age of 25 said that they would feel ‘lost’ without the internet. One in three adults surveyed would choose the internet over television, with 60 per cent of people surveyed describing the internet as one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century.
Half of the women surveyed also use the web to self-diagnose illnesses, with 60 per cent of under-25s using the internet for the same purpose. The survey also found that over 40 per cent of people have taught themselves to cook using the web, while a third use it to learn how to fix something.
Nick Harkaway, author of The Blind Giant, a critique of the digital age, said that a burgeoning culture of dependency on the internet was inevitable. He said: “This is fascinating, but it’s not terribly surprising because it’s like a stone mason discovering his favourite chisel’s gone missing. In a sense it’s inevitable because the internet has become part of the landscape and we shouldn’t be frightened of that. You’d feel very lost without your phone or other technologies. These things very rapidly become something you’re used to. Of course i feel incredibly irritated when the internet is out in my house. It’s how I get all my news, and how I communicate with my colleagues. it’s absolutely gutting when it’s down. But the scientific evidence is very strong: you feel bewildered for a couple of days, and then you adapt.”
The opinion poll was commissioned by the Science Museum to celebrate Web Lab, an exhibition co-created by Google and the Science Museum. Dave Patten, Head of New Media at the Science Museum said; “These survey results give a clear indication of just how integral the internet now is to people’s lives.”