If you ask people about the key things they cannot do without, clean air and fresh water are always at the top of their lists. It might shock some among us but in recent years, “internet access” has begun to appear as a close third or fourth, or fairly high up the pecking order. Yes, internet access. While many such surveys are conducted online where the post-internet generation forms a chunk of the respondents, the reality is that a lot of us now just cannot live without being constantly connected.

To stay connected with our work, families and friends these days, we need email, Facebook and Twitter. We need high-speed internet to access a range of media and entertainment. On the streets, in malls and in offices, and even when taking public transport, we wonder if something is amiss if we do not see people fiddling with their internet-connected handheld devices.

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