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