Give me Internet or give me Death!
If you think that the answer to this question is an easy “yes,” then you may find the results from Cisco’s 2011 Connected World Technology Report a bit shocking. Cisco commissioned an international workforce study of nearly 3000 people asking their views on the network in their lives.
A few choice highlights:
- 62% of young professionals say they could not live without the Internet
- 47% say the Internet is “pretty close” to the level of importance as air, food, water and shelter
“Wow,” I thought when I first read this. Surely there’s a bit of hyperbole in there, right? But the more that I thought about it, it would appear that the Internet is such a dominating facet of our lives that we forget what life would be like without it.
Off the grid
While camping recently, I have to admit that I enjoyed my time not being connected to the network — it was liberating. However, I realized that all of the equipment I carried had come into my possession through the network in some way: I had ordered my sleeping bag online; my tent was made by a company that utilized the Internet to produce and sell its goods; I had researched gear on Trailspace.com before purchasing. I decided that unless I was running through the woods with nothing on me, I was still carrying the network with me in some way.
If the network is this important to us now, what does the future hold? My wife and I had our first baby, Ronan Singh Lach, three weeks ago, and already his life is influenced by the network: his grandparents get to see him on Skype; we order his diapers on Amazon; I have purchased learning Apps for him on my iPad.
Although I hope to never hear him say “give me Internet or give me Death,” I can understand why he may feel that way. Another interesting find in Cisco’s report is that 2/3 of college students would choose the Internet over a car.
And, an Internet connection is cheaper than buying him a car, right?