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13th Nov 2013

You won’t believe how many students would prefer free apps over free food…

Results from a recent survey on students and their technology habits found that one in three would take free apps over free food any day.

Oisin Collins

Results from a recent survey on students and their technology habits found that one in three would take free apps over free food any day. Don’t they know how much Koka Noodles they could get instead?

From writing essays on their laptops, to surfing the web on tablets and keeping in touch with friends on their smartphone, students are never far away from an internet connected device.

But a new MSN poll has found that, for some students, their love and reliance on technology can verge on the extreme… Sound familiar?

The survey found that nearly one in four students love technology so much that they would rather live to the age of 60 with internet access than to the age of 80 without it.

In addition, a quarter of those surveyed would prefer to run down the street naked than make their online life publicly available – which means certain students must get up to some seriously dodgy stuff online – while a third would prefer a lifetime of free apps over a lifetime of free food.

Students also revealed that they are keen to get away from the screen when they can – nearly one in five (17 per cent) said that they spend more time reading about friends’ social lives online than out having fun themselves, and nearly half (45 per cent) think university life would be more fun if people stopped looking at their devices to chat face-to-face more often.

The poll drew results from over 2,800 respondents in six European countries, including Ireland, and found that if given the choice of carrying only one thing with device for a year, smartphones were the number-one choice (44 per cent), followed by laptops (24 per cent), tablets (8 per cent), and pen and paper (3 per cent).

Take a gander at the stats in the infograph below and see if your own tech habits mirror those of the students. If you can’t read the text below then simply click here for a bigger picture.

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