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Most desirable: It's internet, not sex!

ANI  Washington, March 22, 2012
First Published: 17:04 IST(22/3/2012) | Last Updated: 17:16 IST(22/3/2012)

A recent survey delved into the lifestyle habits of people - including sex, alcohol, showers and cars - they would sacrifice for one year to get access to the internet.

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) surveyed around 1,000 people in each of several G-20 nations.

According to BCG data and projections, there will be 3 billion internet users globally by 2016. Presently, there are 1.9 billion online users across the world. And the Internet economy for the G-20 nations will grow to 4.2 trillion dollars.

Most of the results for items like coffee, chocolate and fast food were steady with averages of 70-80%. The biggest discrepancies among nations were in lifestyle habits like showering, sex and driving, the CBS News reported.

A moderate 21% of Americans would let go sex to keep the internet on for a year. Japan topped the list of citizens who would make the sacrifice, with 56% who would abstain from sex. Brazilians were the least likely to give up sex for the web access - just 12% surveyed would give it up.

The most hygienic nation of the lot was France, with only 5% eager to give up showers for the Internet. The US came in second place with 7% and Brazil in third with 8%.

American and South Africans were most attached to their vehicles, as only 10% each were willing to give up their cars for the Internet. Nearly 56% of the Chinese would prefer to have web access than a car.

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