MINNEAPOLIS -- You can call them "generation connected." A new survey shows that nearly half of people under the age of 30 cannot live without the internet.
The study released by Cisco, one of the biggest tech companies in the world, found that one in three college students surveyed believes the internet is as vital as air, water, food and shelter.
Rob Baron, a Ph.D candidate with the Department of Writing and Digital Rhetoric Studies at the University of Minnesota, said the reason for this connection is because so much of what people do requires them to go online.
Chris Bublitz, a 23-year-old student at the U, said he needs the internet for school assignments.
"Submitting online assignments, doing research," he said.
If they were forced to choose between a car and an internet connection, the study found that 64 percent of college students would choose the internet.
Lexi Miller, a 5th year student at the U, said the longest she's gone without the internet is three days and it wasn't a very pleasant experience.
"Weird. (I) fall behind on somethings, some news and what friends are up to," Miller said.
Baron said even though the internet has become an important part our social lives, it is far from replacing it as the study suggests.
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