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Lack Of Internet Or Mobile Access Leaves Britons Stressed Says Virgin Media

A major proportion of the UK’s population simply get distressed and anxious when they lose connection to the web, a recent survey has revealed.

The survey, commissioned by Virgin Media, has disclosed the high-degree of dependence on the internet, with around one third (35 percent) of the 1,000 people surveyed admitted getting distressed when they either don’t have access to the internet or cannot use their mobile phones.

Another 31 percent respondents of the survey said not working online usually upset them, and 27 percent claimed they felt worried by not contacting with their friends online.

That’s not just it, as more than a quarter of the people surveyed said they get freaked out when they don’t have access to online maps, while 21 percent considered online dating as an important part of their lives.

Almost one in five further said the non-availability of the internet to search the best deals makes them more than uneasy.

Commenting upon the results of the survey, Mark Schweitzer, Virgin Media’s chief operating officer, said in a statement: “An 'always on' lifestyle may not be for everyone but the report highlights that there is a significant number of people for whom always being connected actually increases peace of mind”.

Our Comments

There's no denying that the internet is playing an increasingly bigger role in the lives of people living in mature economies and to be fair, it doesn't really come as a surprise. However, the growing reliance of what is essentially gadgets could become an issue in the future, not only because of the waste generated and the growing budgets that are spent on them, but also because fundamental learning processes like face to face socialisation are no longer seen as important.

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