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  1. Writer Fox profile image78
    Writer Foxposted 2 years ago

    This has serious implications for the future of websites and online writers.

    In honor of the 24th anniversary of the Web (first successful hypertext communication by Tim Berners-Lee on December 25, 1990), Google Israel just released a survey that sought to determine Israelis' dependence upon the Internet in 2014.  Here is some of the data:

    72% of Israelis would rather give up sex for a month than give up their Internet access.

    47% of women and 25% of men would give up sex for an entire year in order to stay online.

    Israelis spend an average of 4 1/2 hours online each day (for work, study and/or leisure).

    Israelis spend 50% of their free time on the Internet.

    70% have a family WhatsApp group.

    A third of those who met their partners in 2013 did so via the Internet.

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image89
      Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Also the future of the world.  If everyone gives up sex, where is the future population going to come from?

      1. bBerean profile image61
        bBereanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        North Korea?  I hear there is very limited internet there.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image91
          DrMark1961posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I think we will provide a bit towards that new population. I am lucky enough to have a high speed modem, and have 2 GB per month, not per day as WF mentions in Israel.
          The rest of the time we Brazilians are making babies for those of you on the internet.

          1. bBerean profile image61
            bBereanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thank you for being willing to make one for the team!

    2. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I would give up sex for the internet...and I love sex. That's how addicted I am to this darn thing!

    3. relache profile image85
      relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I guess it might... if you leave out anything involving any other country, or human or even any other data, and just focus on that one report.

      I hope the government there has really good plans that the average person can use to build an Internet connection for a bomb shelter that will withstand actually being bombed, the effects of EMPs, and the general cessation of all function of the power grid.  Since military budgets and engineers have trouble building that sort of thing themselves, I'm guessing it's going to be a bit more challenging for the average citizen.

      1. Writer Fox profile image78
        Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        In Israel, Infrastructure for the Internet is provided by only one company, which makes it very easy to override all ISPs in emergencies. Gilat Satellite Networks provides satellite connection for the military's Internet use, as well as for others because it is now a NASDAQ company. (In 2011, Gilat began to expand its presence in the US defense market.) Connect the dots.

        Of course, Israel's true capabilities to defend itself against EMP attacks is not discussed publicly. But, here is an article from the Israel Missile Defense Association (IMDA) which might interest you concerning what is known about Israel's recent tactics to combat EMP and attacks against the power grid:
        http://www.imda.org.il/english/showNews … ?pageId=12

        Here is an excerpt: "Israel is now taking steps toward highly leveraging passive missile defense measures, preparing to take yet another serious vulnerability off the table by protecting its national power grid from EMP."

        Thank you for your concern.  Your parents and ancestors would be very proud of you. B’chol dor v’dor …

    4. peachpurple profile image76
      peachpurpleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      wow, israel would really sacrifice their time for internet.

  2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 2 years ago

    I'd love to know more about their user demographics and search trends.  This is really interesting news, for many reasons.

    1. Writer Fox profile image78
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Broadband Internet reaches 95% of the population.  Every household connected to the Internet (not by cell phone) has an average of five devices connected to the Internet – at the same time. The average home surfer downloads approximately 2GB of data per day. Israelis are the second most active Internet users in the world (Canadians are #1) according to ComScore.

      The most searched term on Google Israel in 2014 was for 'Home Front Command', the military website which provides instructions and alerts in case of an emergency or an attack. (The Home Front Command advises that all bomb shelters be equipped with Internet access.)

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Oh my - thanks for the really great information, but it's sobering to think of that search term being in the top slot.  We are so self-centered and spoiled in the USA.

        1. Writer Fox profile image78
          Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          . . . and so totally unprepared for the Iranian nuclear ICBM attack which Iran says is headed your way . . .

          1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
            Marcy Goodfleischposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            You're likely correct on that.  You don't live Stateside?

          2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
            Marcy Goodfleischposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Forgot to mention - many members of my family suspect the German side was Jewish before moving to the USA. There are several signs of it, and the translation of our last name seems like it could have been related to producing Kosher foods.  I enjoyed your Seder hub - so much to learn, if that's part of my heritage.

  3. Jodah profile image87
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Very interesting.

  4. colorfulone profile image88
    colorfuloneposted 2 years ago

    It is more than an interesting thread being in the states.

 
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