Internet more valuable to human life than medicine

According to a recent worldwide survey of over 20,000 participants, people in the developing world see the internet as more valuable to human life than medicine, clothes and clean water. The new study, conducted by Peer 1 Hosting, reveals that countries with less internet access are most likely to see the internet as a tool for social good.

The Human Potential of the Internet Study revealed that countries with low access to the internet  were significantly more likely to agree that the access to information, education, politics provided by the internet would improve their quality of life, going so far as to say that the internet is necessary to their survival.

The figures show that developing the nations of Kenya (58%), India (57%) and Egypt (55%), (all nations with less than 47% internet access) are most likely to agree that they use the internet to drive social change. Whilst developed countries (where internet access is available to over 77% of the population) like Japan (14%), Australia (16%) and France (18%) are least likely to see the internet as a tool for social good.

 “The gap in internet accessibility around the world hasn’t stopped less-connected countries from recognizing its power to improve life and create opportunities,” said Sheila Bouman, Executive Vice president and Managing Director, Peer 1 Hosting. “In fact, nations with less internet access realize the potential of the internet even more so than places with high access.”

So have developed countries just become disillusioned with the internet? Are we so used to the security risks, the trolling, the dangers to kids, and the ridiculous overuse of hashtags that we no longer appreciate the benefits of the internet? #internetsucks #internetrules

Are developing countries naïve in their view that the internet could be a tool for social good? Or has The West just got cynical?

Read the full report here.



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Kate Hoy is Editor of IDG Connect

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