Seventy-nine percent of us believe that access to the Internet isn't a luxury but a fundamental right, according to a new survey from the BBC News World Service.
But a smaller portion -- 53 percent -- of the more than 27,000 respondents said that the Internet should "never be regulated" by any government. Polling firm GlobeScan conducted the survey for BBC, speaking to adults from 26 countries.
Here's some news that probably doesn't come as much of a shock in our increasingly digital society: Internet addicts aren't particularly happy people.
In a new study, psychologists at Leeds University surveyed more than 1,300 people -- an online questionnaire, appropriately enough -- between the ages of 16 and 51. Of the respondents, 1.2 percent were addicted to the Internet, according to the Leeds researchers, who plied them with questions about how, and how often, they use the Internet to gauge whether they have a problem.
Managers need to call upon all their resources in this tumultuous economy to crank up performance and keep employee anxiety at bay. So it was interesting to note that one study found that workers are actually more productive if they are allowed to use the Internet for leisure browsing. The study from the University of Melbourne noted that surfing the net at work “actually increases our concentration levels and helps make a more productive workforce.”