Americans Would Give Up Sex For Internet Access

    December 15, 2008

Most Americans find Internet access essential to daily life, with some favoring it over TV and having sex, according to a survey by Harris Interactive done on behalf of Intel.

The survey found that the majority of Americans (65%) feel they cannot live without Internet access.  In addition 71 percent said it is important or very important to have Internet-enabled devices, such as laptops, netbooks and mobile Internet devices that offer them updates on important issues including the economy.

Americans Would Give Up Sex For Internet Access

Most U.S. adults recognize the Internet as a key tool in today’s economy for managing personal finances, finding bargains while shopping online, finding information about dining out, shopping for clothes and gym memberships.

Nearly half of women (46%) and 30 percent of men would rather go without sex for 2 weeks than give up Internet access for the same amount of time. For women 18-34 it was 40 percent and for women 35-44 it was 52 percent. For men 18-34, it was 39 percent.

Almost all of Americans (95%) feel that it is very important, or somewhat important for people to have devices that allow them to access the Internet. Eighty-seven percent say Internet access has helped them save money. Eighty-four percent have save money by comparing prices online and finding the best deals before making a purchase.

Over half (60%) have save money just by shopping online and sixty-five percent say the Internet helped them save money by finding coupons or special Internet promotions.

The majority (61%) of women would rather give up watching TV for 2 weeks instead of giving up access to the Internet for only 1 week, and more than half of people agree.

Nine out of 10 adults (91%) indicated that the ability to access the Internet has improved at least one aspect of their lives. Seventy-eight percent said it has allowed them to stay in better touch with family and friends. Close to half (47%) say they are able to better manage their finances because of the Internet through activities such as online banking and paying bills.