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    Brits get anxious without internet or mobile phone access

    Brits get anxious without internet or mobile phone access
    Two thirds of web users switch on to switch off
    Carrie-Ann Skinner

    Brits are a nation of mobile phone and internet addicts that become anxious when disconnected, says Virgin Media.


    Research conducted for the ISP by Future Laboratory revealed that 85 percent of stay at home mums have their internet access permanently switched on, while 36 percent of Brits admitted they were concerned about keeping in touch with their family when disconnected.

    Staying in a place with no mobile phone coverage, or suffering from the internet going down, is a cause of high stress and anxiety for an increasing number of people, the study suggested.

    A quarter of web users said they get stressed if they can't access online maps, while 21 percent said not being able to access online dating sites caused them stress. Nearly one in five also said they got anxious if they couldn't use the web to search for the best deals.

    One in three web users also said they not longer felt any guilt about always being connected while two thirds said they felt more relaxed when they had immediate mobile or internet access available. Virgin Media nicknamed these web users Sosos or 'Switch on to switch off'.

    "An 'always on' lifestyle may not be for everyone but the report highlights that there is a significant number of people for whom always being connected actually increases peace of mind," said Mark Schweitzer, chief operating officer at Virgin Media.

    Psychologist James Brook, told The Telegraph: "These people know that, the modern world waits for no one and that taking a break from technology means potentially missing out."

    "At any time we might miss an important email or a phone call, an old friend may try to get in touch via Facebook or breaking news may come in. If they feel that they cannot keep up with these things because they are not connected, it will naturally have a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing and peace of mind."

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    can quite imagine this.

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    scott1295;6563116

    can quite imagine this.



    LOL +1

    Research conducted for the ISP by Future Laboratory revealed that 85 … Research conducted for the ISP by Future Laboratory revealed that 85 percent of stay at home mums have their internet access permanently switched



    :roll:

    " Research conducted for the ISP by Future Laboratory revealed that 85 percent of stay at home mums have their internet access permanently switched on "

    Around here, it isn't just their internet access that seems to be permanently open:).

    If its illegal to abbreviate a friendly nick name for someone from Pakistan surely its improper to call a person from Britain a brit?????

    dr_aj;6563879

    If its illegal to abbreviate a friendly nick name for someone from … If its illegal to abbreviate a friendly nick name for someone from Pakistan surely its improper to call a person from Britain a brit?????



    Isn't it more about within the context it is said.. or the meaning 'implied' by it.. if it's not spoken as an 'insult' i don't see why there would be an objection, surely..

    edit. is it really illegal:w00t:?!?!?!

    samwants2save;6564181

    Isn't it more about within the context it is said.. or the meaning … Isn't it more about within the context it is said.. or the meaning 'implied' by it.. if it's not spoken as an 'insult' i don't see why there would be an objection, surely..edit. is it really illegal:w00t:?!?!?!



    Probably not illegal, but public apologies or racist branding are at stake even if it is friendly. So if its wrong for one it should be the same for all others. So no more Brits, Aussies, Scots, Argies etc. etc.
    Only Fair.

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    dr_aj;6563879

    If its illegal to abbreviate a friendly nick name for someone from … If its illegal to abbreviate a friendly nick name for someone from Pakistan surely its improper to call a person from Britain a brit?????



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