How Personal Technology is Changing Our Lives

January 21, 2015

Microsoft’s second annual survey of Internet users around the world shows that fifteen years into the 21st century, Internet users still think overwhelmingly that personal technology is making the world better and more vital.

Large majorities of the online populations in all five developed countries we surveyed (France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States) and all seven developing countries we surveyed (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Turkey) say that technology has vastly improved how they shop, work, learn, and generally get stuff done.

Compared to 2014, respondents continue to be most enthusiastic about technology’s effects on the economy and most concerned about privacy. The role of technology in transportation and literacy moved up, while technology’s ability to improve social bonds and enhance personal freedom and expression moved down. Concern about privacy jumped five points.