Youth "cannot live" without the Internet

A survey published by online charity YouthNet, has found that 75 percent of 16-to-24 year-olds feel that they "couldn't live" without the Internet. The report also found that 82 percent would look online for advice and that 45 percent "felt happiest" when spending time online.

Thirty-two percent of respondents also said that they didn't need to ask a real person about their problems as they could find everything they needed online. Less than half would give advice online, with just 37 percent saying they would give advice on sensitive issues to those seeking it online.

The report, which was presented to the House of Commons, looked at how young people have evolved to living with the Internet and the challenges it can cause for organisations looking to offer support to young people.

Despite many high-profile security threats in recent times, over three quarters of young people believe the Internet to be a safe place, if you know what you are doing. It also showed that most believe themselves to be Internet-literate and aware of technology, with the skills to sense potential threats online.

The report also said that the Internet had made 16-to-24 year-olds fundamentally different to previous generations, with young people now living "hybrid lives." Described as the "ever on" group, young people of today demand immediate access to information and friends, according to the report.

The author of the report, Professor Michael Hulme of Lancaster University concluded, "For young people, the internet is part of the fabric of their world and does not exist in isolation from the physical world, rather it operates as a fully integrated element.

In the future as access becomes ever more mobile, multi-platform, faster and with richer media – in other words ever on and everywhere – the need and demand for advice through the internet will become even more critical."

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Well I know that without internet things are pretty boring around here. OTOH I would probably manage to survive if the internet went down. I would maybe take an unannounced vacation or something and jump off a cliff out in the grand canyon...

P.S. - I have a fear of death so if I actually went to the grand canyon then I probably wouldn't have the nerve to do the jump anyways.

Considering my health status and the fact I can't go out much to begin with due to it, the Internet is a wonder for me. I live on it 24/7 if I can, but without it I can live just fine. I'm 33, so I was around before the Internet! Of course, I've been using PC's now for close to 25 years or so and I love them. But the Internet is also a crutch. While my online friends are there for me to talk to (and help me out IRL sometimes when I need it) it does interfere with my social life outside.

That being said, like others have mentioned: I can live without the Internet, I just choose not to

I probably couldn't live without the Internet, but it's more because of the information available. The games and social networking I could go without - both are better in person anyway. But for school projects and the like, the Internet has become a primary resource for me, and others my age.

You know, there was a time when the internet didn't exist. There were still smart people in the world and you could still get information; it just took a little more time. Granted, the internet is a spectacular leap foward for humanity (and pr0n but I could still get along without it.

I have been using an intranet for about 30ish years and the internet around 20, it's like something attached to me, that, if removed would cause severe anguish and pain.

So I cannot live without the net.

I am 17 dont get out much if it wasnt for the internet dont know what I would do I consider the net safe and a good place to get advice its even better than asking real people because you dont have to worry about what people think. I am moody without the internet I need it. I couldnt live without it.

Even though I've been connected since we used BBSes and online services instead of ISPs, and even though I have a data plan on my mobile and more computers than you can shake a stick at...

I really, really enjoy taking time away and feeling disconnected. Taking several weeks and traveling off somewhere international and using it as an excuse. "Oh no, gosh, I guess I can't use my phone now. Oh darn. Whatever will I do." Kind of like regular fasting to help keep things in perspective and my mind aware of its own habits.

But maybe I'm just the sort of person who gets ticked off when I feel like I have an addiction to something. Maybe I don't want to be one of "those people" who gets crazy defensive when they read articles like this, ranting that it's okay to need the internet. Mumbling and bumbling that there's nothing wrong with sending 5000 text messages a month or gaming for 20 hours a week or what have you. Dropping excuses like "it's a tool not an addiction" (every article posted about cell phone 'addictions' gets comments like that) or how gaming is no different than other forms of stress management (srsly, people think this).

I never want to become one of those people. O.o Save me from delusion.

I completely agree. It's really nice to take a weekend and just head into the mountains for some camping just to get away from it all. Clears the mind.

I feel the same way also. It starting to get to the point where people will tell me "I left you a message on facebook". I ask them "what is the message" and they say "just look on facebook"... So when I finaly look on face book its a 1-2 sentence message asking me something... I can understand if its a joke with a picture but if you are going to ask me something then just do it if you see me.

I can't live with out the net as well, I got 4 computers and one server hosting my site and few game servers besides downloading and browsing. I need it 24/7 and all year up and running.

Most of the comments have been going along the same lines....so I guess I'll just say ........In the words of Hank Hill:


yep.

Wow... one of the very rare articles that gets the majority of its readers to agree with it.
It's really very true. Most of my time is on the Internet, be it talking with friends, working, or doing anything else. Whenever there's an outage (which happens a lot in Lebanon), people start suffocating

I think this article goes hand-in-hand with the one the other day about our youth treating Steve Jobs as their holy savior of the universe. You young grasshoppers need to spend one solid week without the internet to appreciate what it was like when there was no internet as you know it, BBS over dialup was all there was. Or even before that!

This doesn't just apply to the internet. Ask people how they would feel (possibly older generations?) about if they could live without cable/TV. I'm sure you would find similar results.

When I moved recently we went a few weeks without internet. I was ok for a few weeks because I had other things to do but I became more annoyed with the little things like needing to look up a phone number and going "oh, I don't have internet...". It's become such a commodity nowadays. After a few weeks of not having it I was glad to get it.

That's not all! Youth can't live without iPods or iPhones. Don't believe me? Ask Steve Jobs, the person they admire the most. LoL!

There is absolutely nothing to do other than read interesting stuff or download movies/music/games on/from the internet though.
Once I lost internet connectivity and I was bored out of my mind.
Real life is very boring when you are young unless you're drunk/high.

100% with ya plus it make things easier on me sometimes. I do alot of Digital painting and sometimes i need to look up tutorials and tips. Since I can't afford school and stuff...

I'm in that percentage. I spend most of my free time on the internet, and I'm a web developer- so I'm on it at work too!
I would be a completely different person without it.

I wouldnt say i couldnt live without it, but it definatly makes things alot easier.
though yes, i do think its safe if you know what youre doing.

im not sure, i have alot of thoughts on this article.
it depends what attitudes other people have toward this, since theres always things suggesting the youth is addicted, and its all mindless.

i read alot of things online, to find out how things work, but none of my friends really do the same, so alot of the time its just assumed we all sit on facebook all day, everyday.

As much as I hate to say it, I agree with the entire article.

I could not live without the internet, and I do believe it is a safe place - if you know what you're doing!

Breakthrough said,
As much as I hate to say it, I agree with the entire article.

I could not live without the internet, and I do believe it is a safe place - if you know what you're doing! ;)

I agree too, I could probably be insane without internet. Internet is everything in my life.

Breakthrough said,
As much as I hate to say it, I agree with the entire article.

I could not live without the internet, and I do believe it is a safe place - if you know what you're doing! ;)


I had no internet for a good 2.5 weeks, didn't know what to do with myself when I wasn't working :p. Thankfully I was able to do most of my browsing at work.

WICKO said,

I had no internet for a good 2.5 weeks, didn't know what to do with myself when I wasn't working :p. Thankfully I was able to do most of my browsing at work.


Certain magazines and the toilet should help...