Wi-Fi Seen As Critical To Relationships, Life In General

You always have to watch out for a Wi-Fi survey conducted by the Wi-Fi Alliance, but based on our own experiences, we actually have to agree with the findings here. According to results from a new poll conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi is becoming more important than anyone could have imagining just a few years back. It's becoming a way in which we rely on to communicate and keep in touch, particularly among younger adults.


The survey, which gathered responses from more than 1,000 millennials (respondents ages 17 to 29) in the U.S. and 400 millennials in China, Japan and Korea, shows a shift in how we connect with others – both technologically and emotionally.  The results illustrate that many respondents find it difficult to keep up with relationships without Wi-Fi access; 64 percent of U.S. respondents and 89 percent of respondents in China said they agreed it would be nearly impossible to maintain relationships with many friends without Wi-Fi; 44 percent of American respondents and 82 percent of Chinese respondents said the same would apply to family relationships.

And listen to this: "For young adults, Wi-Fi-enabled digital devices are now more central to life than television.  Two-thirds of respondents in the U.S. and four-fifths of those in China reported they spend more time on Wi-Fi than watching television.  Almost half of U.S. respondents (44 percent) first used Wi-Fi when they were 17 or younger. Almost 70 percent of respondents spend four or more hours on a Wi-Fi connection daily.  In another telling statistic, 84 percent of respondents in the U.S. and 93 percent in Korea were more likely to carry a handheld digital device than a watch."


And it even gets better. Wi-Fi is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity and we live more connected lives, and it's growing harder to live without. Eighty-seven percent of U.S. respondents and 74 percent of those in China reported they need Wi-Fi access in schools and universities, and more than half of U.S. respondents also cited it as a necessity in restaurants and shopping areas.  And lest there be any question about how indispensable Wi-Fi has become, 75 percent of U.S. respondents, 64 percent of those in Korea, and 87 percent of China respondents reported they would be grumpier without Wi-Fi access for a week than in a week without coffee or tea.

A survey from last year found that airport Wi-Fi was seen as more important than food in the airport, so the results here aren't that surprising. Now, we just need Wi-Fi to become more pervasive...
Tags:  WiFi, Internet
Comments
lonewolf 4 years ago

The internet has taken off, there is no need for newspapers and such as news is now received instantly. I am amazed at how people now days would rather text than make a phone call.

More companies should do like Starbucks and offer free WiFi. Does McDonalds still offer free WiFi?

Dave_HH 4 years ago

I'm pretty sure they do, in most spots. Agreed, service businesses like food, hotel and restaurant that capitalize on it and offer it free first, are getting discretionary business that other companies that don't won't get. Eventually it will become ubiquitous enough that offering it free won't be a differentiator; for now, it is. Evolve or be left behind!

acarzt 4 years ago

"Wifi Seen As Critical To Life In General"

I'd say this is especially true for me, as I am currently working as a WLAN Network Engineer :-P

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]Evolve or be left behind![/quote]

No kidding,... I will not stay at a hotel that doesn't have Wi-Fi access while traveling.

I used to use Panera Bread's free Wi-Fi access when I was stuck on Dial-up at home years ago.

I stopped using Starbucks when they introduced wireless and then tried to charge me for it. They have only recently decided to offer it for free, but it's been so long since I've been there that I've found that I can get along just fine without their coffee as well!

 

arrr 4 years ago

I stopped using Starbucks when they STOPPED "charging" me for it.

It used to be convenient to pop in and grab a table for a short session - and infinitely more refuge than other public WiFi locations. Now that it is free, there is no place to sit, and the atmosphere is trending to be more like that found at a McDonalds.

WiFi is not essential for life, and this whole issue will be moot in five years, when CellCo restructures pricing, as it once did with Text Messaging, to encourage "Broadband Everywhere" as parts of its captive Family plans.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="arrr"]and infinitely more refuge than other public WiFi locations[/quote]

You really expect refuge at a public WiFi spot? Really?

[quote user="arrr"]the atmosphere is trending to be more like that found at a McDonalds[/quote]

Those Common people keep getting in the way! Oh Dear!

JHodgson 4 years ago

Without the news or some sort of honesty in the profession, going to be hard to get thru the clutter of fake news, bias news, and just unexplainable news. YOU see how peps just wanna see what they wanna see, right then. THEY, the masses will not search for news. Why would they, when you can watch anything else, but what is happening in reality? So fight thur all the lies and find the truth.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="JHodgson"]

Without the news or some sort of honesty in the profession, going to be hard to get thru the clutter of fake news, bias news, and just unexplainable news. YOU see how peps just wanna see what they wanna see, right then. THEY, the masses will not search for news. Why would they, when you can watch anything else, but what is happening in reality? So fight thur all the lies and find the truth.

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I'm sorry, but your comment seems to be a little rambling and off topic. Are you trying to make a point about WiFi access?

Maybe you're just having a Sensimilla kind of evening. Anyway, I'm now on a quest for the truth.

JJr 4 years ago

He probably meant "Fake news on the internet"... who knows...

On topic

this is so true.. people are really very dependent on internet now.. people would go crazy without internet.. Internet access almost everywhere is so genuine..

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