Home > Lifestyle > Woman > News 28 February 2014 Americans more in love with internet than TV According to a recent survey, Americans love the internet so much that they would rather do without television than online access. 0 iStock Related How digital media can improve your health, even save a life Social networking robs kids of sleep Pope says the world needs tenderness injection Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid Americans have become so enamoured of the internet, they would more readily forgo television than online access, a survey showed.The Pew Research Centre survey released ahead of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web found that 53% of US internet users would find it "very hard" to give up Web access, up from 38% in 2006.Even when counting those who don't go online, Pew said 46% of all adults would find it hard to give up the internet.By contrast, Pew's survey showed that for 35% of all US adults television would be very hard to give up, compared with 44% in 2006.Women were more likely than men to be attached to the internet, as were people with higher levels of income and education, Pew said in the report issued ahead of the 12 March anniversary.Cell phone close secondThe cell phone comes in a close second to the internet: 49% of mobile phone owners said it would be difficult to give up their handset, up from 43% in 2006. That amounts to 44% of all adults who say now that their cell phone would be very hard to live without.Meanwhile landline telephones are losing favour.Just 28% of landline telephone owners said it would be a hardship to live without this, a big drop from 48% in 2006. Because many people have already dropped their landlines, the finding means that just 17% of all adults would find their landline very hard to give up.Pew noted the spectacular growth in use of the Web, especially since 1995. Some 87% of American adults use the internet, either from a PC or mobile device, up from 14% in 1995.Pew also found that Americans are using the Web more often: 71% go online on a typical day, compared with 29% in 2000.In 1995, 42% of US adults had never heard of the internet and another 21% had only a vague notion of what it was.Primary online access pointThe rise of mobile device use represents the biggest shift in access in recent years: 68% of US adults now access the internet on a cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device, at least occasionally, Pew found.Pew found that 90% of US adults have a cell phone and two-thirds of those use their device to go online. A third of cell phone owners say that their primary online access point is their phone.Mobile access took a huge leap forward with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, and some 58% of adults have a smartphone now.Main activity for millionsThe report found 90% of Internet users say the World Wide Web has been a good thing for them personally and only 6% say it has been a bad thing.Three out of four said it been a good thing for society, while 15% say it has been negative. "Using the Web – browsing it, searching it, sharing on it – has become the main activity for hundreds of millions of people around the globe," Pew said. "Its birthday offers an occasion to revisit the ways it has made the internet a part of Americans' social lives."Read more:Moms use TV to calm fussy babiesStrict parents linked to internet addictionMore clinics to treat internet addicts NEXT ON HEALTH24X Need motivation? Joel Stransky stood on the podium at the Cape Epic, a year after being in ICU 2018-04-12 10:30 More: WomanNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical 1 in 4 SA workers suffers from depression Lifestyle Reasons why your scalp is itchy – and how to fix it News These are the areas where you are most at risk of getting malaria News WHO warns SA is not entirely geared up for major epidemics Lifestyle ‘My birth control pills gave me a liver tumour’ – this is how it happened Lifestyle US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.