Wi-Fi Alliance conducted a survey among 501 US college students from both large and small schools regarding Wi-Fi access. Findings are very interesting:
- Nine out of 10 college students in the United States say Wi-Fi access is as essential to education as classrooms and computers.
- Nearly three in five say they wouldn’t go to a college that doesn’t have free Wi-Fi.
- 79 percent said that without Wi-Fi access, college would be a lot harder.
- If forced to choose, nearly half of respondents (48 percent) would give up beer before giving up Wi-Fi.
- Seventy-two percent would rather wear their school rival’s team colors for a day.
- More than two in five (44 percent) used Wi-Fi to get a head start on an assignment before a class was finished.
- Many students reported that the availability of Wi-Fi influences their choice of coffee shop (52 percent), bookstore (42 percent), and restaurant (33 percent).
I wonder about the situation in hospitals and use of Wi-Fi among health workers. With handheld devices, like iPhone, which can provide rich Internet experience without the need to carry a laptop, one could really benefit from Wi-Fi access in hospitals. I sure would be very glad to have it at my work place.