The results from Microsoft’s second annual Views From Around The Globe poll on how personal technology is changing our Lives has been released at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, revealing the likes and dislikes of Internet users from around the globe.
The survey was conducted over the past 12 months by Microsoft that included 12,002 Internet users from 12 countries to catch an accurate snapshot of what people around the world are enjoying when they sit down at their computers every day. More than that, the survey finds what these Internet users worry about the most when it comes to online interactions.
The latest poll result shows that there are huge differing views to the technological lives we now lead. While most respondents believe that technology has made life much better in a number of ways, there are key differences in opinion between developing and developed nations.
In the so-called developed nations with advanced technology, there is a hint of fear and concern that is not found in developing countries. In spite of the differing views, the overall accord between internet users is that personal technology has had a positive effect.
When it comes to positive impacts, majority of them in developed and developing countries agreed that financial affairs are much better when linked to the Internet. 74 percent of respondents said that the Internet is excellent for its ability to find cheaper products and keep the prices down. 72 percent said that the Internet made it easier help businesses innovate and 68 percent of them believed internet was good to start new businesses.
A nearly identical number of respondents – 65 percent of them said that the Internet has a positive impact on productivity. 60 percent of those in developing countries feel personal tech had a positive effect on social bonds, while in developed countries only 39 percent feel that way. 77 percent of developing nation parents wants more access to technology for their children; in developed countries 56 percent of parents want less access for kids.
Overall, the majority of respondents had only one real concern when it came to the Internet: privacy. It’s a major issue for many, and despite the Internet making it easier to forge social bonds between friends and family, the majority of respondents feel that there are very few ways to legally safeguard user privacy online.
In fact, in India and Indonesia majority of respondents felt they had full awareness of the types of personal information that advertisers and other entities can gather about them. Respondents in both developed and developing countries said that Internet users should have legal rights linked to the particular country where they live.