The most unbelievable finding of the survey was that nearly 1/2 of respondents said they would give up beer before giving up wi-fi. Oh, come on!
Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, the global trade organization representing the Wi-Fi industry said:
"Wi-Fi has become a universal expectation among college students, and their attitudes towards technology are a good indicator of broad changes underway in how we as a society learn, work and communicate. Young adults expect access to information with unprecedented immediacy. Whether they are chasing a detail that will help them look smart in the middle of a class discussion, or are looking up a new friend on the Internet within minutes of meeting them - Wi-Fi enables the flexibility and freedom to access information from just about anywhere."Some of the findings from the study:
- 90% of U.S. college students in the United States say Wi-Fi access is as essential to education as classrooms and computers.
- Nearly 60% say they wouldn't go to a college that doesn't have free Wi-Fi
- 79% said that without Wi-Fi access, college would be a lot harder.
- 55% of undergraduates log inat coffee shops and restaurants
- 47 % of undergraduates login in parks
- 24% of undergraduates login in their cars
- 48% would give up beer before giving up Wi-Fi, if forced to choose (I find this hard to believe)
- 72% would rather wear their school rival's team colors for a day than give up Wi-Fi
- 44% used Wi-Fi to get a head start on an assignment before a class was finished.
- More than half have checked Facebook or MySpace and sent or received e-mail while using their laptop in class.
- Just under half sent instant messages to a friend during class.
- The availability of Wi-Fi influences students' choice of coffee shop (52%), bookstore (42%), and restaurant (33%).