Whilst it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without the internet, it turns out that some British men actually value internet access more highly than food or their homes.
A survey conducted by internet provider TP-Link found that internet access is as important as sex and more valuable than shelter or food to a significant portion of men. In fact, 42 per cent of the male respondents value internet access more than sleep, shelter and food, while half said they spend more time browsing the web than they do sleeping.
“As our recent research shows, in the current increasingly digital world, quick and easy connectivity is one of the main concerns in people’s minds in the UK,” said TP-Link UK Country Manager Eric Wang.
One of the reasons the male respondents give internet access more importance than the basic necessities in life is that it bolsters their social ties and provides them with an improved sense of belonging. In fact, over 51 per cent stated that internet access strengthened their friendships.
Despite boosting friendship for many people, it appears that internet access is not helping much in terms of romance. In fact, only seven per cent of the respondents claimed that it had affected their love life in a good way.
TP-Link surveyed 3,000 men and women aged 18 to 55 in Ireland and the UK from February to March 2013.