July 25, 2011

Internet Users Upset And Lonely When Denied Online Access

A new study concerning online access has revealed that 53 percent feel upset when denied online access and 40 percent feel lonely if they are unable to go communicate with friends on the internet, The Daily Mail is reporting.

One thousand participants were quizzed by Intersperience, an international consumer research organization, on their attitudes towards the use of the internet, smart phones, and other devices, and were even asked to go 24 hours without any access to internet technology, UPI reports.

Giving up all technology allowing web access was described by some participants as similar to quitting drinking or smoking. One person surveyed even said being deprived of the internet was "Ëœlike having my hand chopped off'.

A significant number of people "Ëœcheated' by switching on the television or radio as they did not regard them as "Ëœtechnology.' Others agreed to the challenge but turned their mobile phones to silent, regarding being completely disconnected even for one day as "inconceivable."

Many participants found it extremely hard to resist the temptation to go online, especially those for whom online communication represents a large part of their social interaction. A total of 40% of people felt "Ëœlonely' when not engaging in activities such as social network.

Finding it most difficult to unplug from internet interaction were young people, who tend to be heavier users of social media and text messaging, and found giving up technology the most difficult while older people (over-40s) generally coped more easily when cut off from digital connections.

Only a minority of those surveyed reacted positively to the prospect of being without an internet connection, with 23 percent saying they would feel "free."

The scientists reported the volunteers told of physiological and physical symptoms comparable to addicts trying to quit smoking or drugs. These included feeling fidgety, anxious and isolated, and even reaching out for their mobile phone, which was no longer there.

Some of those taking part in the experiment said they felt like they were undergoing "Ëœcold turkey' to break a hard drug habit, while others said it felt like going on a diet.


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