Study: Without the web, we’d be lost
November 1, 2012
Twenty-five years ago very few people knew what the internet was. Now many people can't live without it.
Eighty percent of people under age 25 say they would feel lost without the web, according to survey commissioned by the Science Museum in London to celebrate its Web Lab exhibit, which was co-created by Google.
And it's not just young people who have become dependent on the internet. Among those 25 and over, 60 percent say they would feel lost without the web as well.
Part of the appeal of the internet, of course, is that there's something for everybody. People can use it as a tool for a variety of things.
For example, the Science Museum survey found that more than 40 percent of people have taught themselves to cook using the web, while a third have used it to learn how to fix something.
Also, half of women and 60 percent of those under age 25 use the internet to diagnose their illnesses.
Overall, 60 percent of the more than 1,000 people surveyed said the internet is one of the most important inventions of the 20th century.
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