For the first time, more Americans said they’d give up their television sets in favor of keeping their Internet connections, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A survey by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Media Research found that 49% would opt to drop their TVs if forced between that and giving up their Web connections, while 48% said they’d vote to give up the Internet. The Internet was also voted as the "most essential" of all media.
The last time the survey asked this question was way back in 2001. Not surprisingly, the results were vastly different. About 72% of those surveyed said they could give up their Internet connections, while only 26% voted for giving up their TVs. "The shift over these nine years has been steady and profound," Edison Research president Larry Rosin tells the newspaper.