Cyber love

A study carried out by broadband association Bitkom in Germany found that many German people in their 20s would rather leave their spouses and do without a car than lose access to the internet or a mobile phone.

The survey revealed that around 84 per cent of respondents aged 19-29 said they would rather do without their current partner or an automobile than forego their connection to the web.

Living without a mobile phone was also unthinkable for 97 per cent of those questioned in that age range.

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