Digital Dependence

Emily Holbrook


June 14, 2013

In today’s connected world, a day without internet would seem like civilization had regressed back to the times of stone tablets. How would you communicate? How would you perform your job? How would you survive?

According to a survey by Infosecurity Europe, many people would find it extremely difficult. Respondents claimed they would be far more stressed out by not having internet access than if their heat was turned off, their televisions did not work or they didn’t have water. When asked how long they could cope without the internet, 25% could not last longer than 24 hours and 29% would “seriously be in trouble” if they didn’t have it for a few days.

The same sentiment carries over to the workplace. One-third of workers said that computer or internet issues at work caused them more distress than a bad commute.

This internet attachment “does seem phenomenal but shows just how dependent we are on the internet,” said Claire Sellick, event director for Infosecurity Europe. “Considering that so much information now passes over the internet, both in our private and corporate lives, now more than ever it’s important to consider how you access this information and how you go about protecting your most sensitive data.”
Emily Holbrook is the founder of Red Label Writing, LLC, a writing, editing and content strategy firm catering to insurance and risk management businesses and publications, and a former editor of Risk Management.