Students would rather have shorter life with internet access – survey

13 Nov 2013

Internet access is worth dying for, according to a European survey of students conducted by Microsoft. One in four students would rather live to age 60 with internet access than to reach age 80 without it.

What’s more, one-third of survey respondents indicated they would rather have a lifetime of free apps rather than a lifetime of free food. This result should come as no surprise, considering technology purchases were of more interest to respondents than any other purchase option, including booking a weekend away with friends or going on a shopping spree.

If they did have €400 to spend within one hour, however, 39pc of the survey respondents would buy a new smartphone or tablet computer.

Other survey results revealed that privacy is important to students who are old enough to attend college – a quarter of them would rather run down the street naked rather than have their online activities available for public consumption.

The survey involved 2,800 respondents in six European countries, including Ireland.

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic