Internet Connection Becoming a Vice?

July 2014 research found that 60 percent of U.S. Internet users were almost always connected. Fully 43 percent never unplugged from all personal technology, such as audio players, e-readers, laptops and computers, mobile phones, tablets, and TV; and 17 percent only took a break a few times a year. Surprisingly, 20 percent of respondents did manage to unplug daily.

CivicScience found that gender and income didn’t play major roles in whether or not consumers unplugged, but age did in some respects, with 18- to 24-year-olds the most likely to say they never unplugged (53 percent) and 23 percent of respondents ages 18 to 44 taking a break from personal technology a few times a year. However, both ends of the age spectrum were almost just as likely to unplug daily, with 24 percent of those younger than 18 and 27 percent of adults 55 and older citing this frequency.

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