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3 March, 2009

mobile phone and internet access are more important than having a partner

Here's an interesting survey from Germany. In the age group of 19 to 29, 97 percent said that they can't live without a mobile phone, and 83 per cent would let go their partner or a vehicle than forgo the internet connection. This result shouldn't be surprise to today's high tech geeks.

I found myself having difficult times when I was in Tasmania early this year. My Vodafone was out of reception in many many places. (I know I should have got a Telstra backup phone when I go out of major towns, and I will do that next time.) Although I did bring Telstra's PrePaid Wireless Broadband, there are still areas without any coverage.

I still remember that I promised to post a small list of gadgets I carried with me for the Tasmanis trip. The photos have been taken, and I will post that soon.

source: German twenty-somethings prefer internet access to their partner (Reuters)

TWENTY-SOMETHINGS in Germany would ditch their spouses and do without a car in a heartbeat if it came to choosing between having them or web access, an industry study has found. About 83 per cent of respondents aged 19 to 29 said they would rather do without their partner or an automobile than forego their internet connection, in a survey of 1000 people by broadband association Bitkom.

Living without a mobile phone was also unthinkable for 97 per cent of respondents in that age range.

Nevertheless, Bitkom president August-Wilhelm Scheer said that did not mean that "the web is an anonymous medium that leads to social indifference".

One of the main themes at this year's annual tech trade fair CeBit in Hanover is what the organisers have dubbed "webciety", short for world wide web society.

One in two survey respondents said they had made new friends thanks to chat forums and internet communities. About 8 per cent said they had found a new partner online.

"The web creates real relationships and does not result in autism and dehumanisation," said Mr Scheer, who admitted he gets nervous when he does not have internet access while on vacation.

Still, he said, there was a digital divide in Germany that needed to be bridged.

"There's a gap and it's not with 30-year-olds or 40-year-olds it's with those 50 years of age and above," Mr Scheer said.

The way people in their forties and those in their twenties used the web did not differ much, Mr Scheer said, but the difference to someone in their mid-fifties was significant.

"One of the main challenges in society today is to ensure that all age groups are up to par when it comes to the internet," he said.

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I would seriously give up my cellphone if somebody paid me $100. That's about how much it cost me to get it working it along with the value of the prepaid minutes on it.
While I was in Europe, I spent the week without Internet access and mobile phone service, and didn't really care all that much.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 3 March 2009 2:26 PM.
BAH HUMBUG!! Yet again!!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 3 March 2009 5:14 PM.
BAH HUMBUG!! Yet again!!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 3 March 2009 5:14 PM.
Don,
So you want to sell your mobile phone and get a Microsoft's smartphone?
Posted by Antony Shen on 3 March 2009 5:32 PM.
No, I already told you that I hate the UI on Windows Mobile.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 3 March 2009 10:17 PM.
I know, because of open source thing, you will be going for gPhone!
Posted by Antony Shen on 6 March 2009 2:14 AM.
I'd rather wait until a smartphone based on the Access Linux Platform comes out.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 6 March 2009 11:40 AM.
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