Are some people addicted to having WiFi access?

Is it possible to be addicted to having WiFi access for your laptop, tablet or smartphone? That may be the situation for some people. According to a survey sponsored by the broadband and wireless semiconductor company Broadcom, three out of 10 people who responded to the survey claim they cannot go without WiFi access for more than an hour. 60 percent of the people who are surveyed can't go without WiFi access for more than a day.

The survey of 900 US residents came up with some other interesting results. For example, 39 percent of those who were survey claim they would give up coffee for WiFi access while another 43 percent would go without chocolate. 57 percent of people would give up posting on their Twitter account for a month for the same access, while 50 percent would give up Facebook for a month for a WiFi connection.

Broadcom is using the results of this survey to promote their upcoming "5G" WiFi products, which in theory should be much faster than current or older WiFi connections. Of course, it's going to be a while before the new WiFi standard, also known as 802.11ac, will be available to most people. Buffalo Technology was the first company to offer the first 802.11ac supported wireless router earlier this week.

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I am not addicted but I am using wired connection at home for banking, etc...

wireless for something else... such as quick look up on the internet .. such as google lookup or whatever i need to check on at the time.

Oh great. I can see the "G" wars are escalating to now include wifi. That'll confuse the hell out of people who are already confused on the differences between wireless as in 802.11 and wireless as in cellular 3G, EDGE, 4G, etc. Now we'll have "5G" wifi? Oh yeah, this will be fun trying to explain to people who want to get "5G" on their new cell phone.

Tim Dawg said,
Oh great. I can see the "G" wars are escalating to now include wifi. That'll confuse the hell out of people who are already confused on the differences between wireless as in 802.11 and wireless as in cellular 3G, EDGE, 4G, etc. Now we'll have "5G" wifi? Oh yeah, this will be fun trying to explain to people who want to get "5G" on their new cell phone.
If I'm correct 3g and 4g = gigabytes of Internet speed which means if I do a speed test on my phone I am supposed to get a download speed of 300gb. So to me this looks like some funny corny marking strategic to hipsters showcasing their 3mb 4g plan

Are some people addicted to having water access??

10 out of 10 people say that cannot go without running water for an hour. Communications are as vital to a productive society as water these days, we don't claim water is an addiction.

3G EVERYWHERE FTW!

But yeah, when my internet completely drops out on my phone and computer I do get bored very easily.

Ambroos said,
3G EVERYWHERE FTW!

But yeah, when my internet completely drops out on my phone and computer I do get bored very easily.

get rid of the data caps first....

wi-fi access or internet access. i can kind of see the logic behind not having internet access, but specifically wi-fi access not 3g access?

mulligan2k said,
wi-fi access or internet access. i can kind of see the logic behind not having internet access, but specifically wi-fi access not 3g access?

Speed, latency, price, and portability. The survey was done for users of a "laptop, tablet or smartphone". Most laptops I know of don't come with a 3G/4G modem unless specifically ordered, and even than, the speeds usually aren't comparable to Wi-Fi.

Disclaimer: Desktop user who loves his ethernet