You may or may not have heard of Hong Kong based 9GAG. A massive online platform for user-submitted content the site is renowned for producing content with… varying quality. Regardless, they’re idea has worked and they’re huge. Arguably, they have some of the best access to the millennial generation that’s possible. Hence why they recently reached out to their users to perform a massive survey of millennials. With over 100,000 responses they have managed to create a profile of our generation that’s quite possibly the largest ever done.
Bizarrely, 55% of Singaporean respondents said they’d rather give up sex than give up the internet.
The finding ties into Singapore’s long-standing difficulties with birth rates. Currently, Singapore has a fertility of 0.79, meaning that each adult woman will have less than one child in her lifetime (averaged out across the entire population, no one is saying that each woman has four fifths of a baby). Essentially, they aren’t having enough babies to replace their own population. Explanations for this phenomenon often rely on monetary reasons, arguing that many young adults want to wait until they’re financially secure and that many are also just put off by the idea of the financial burden.
This has led to some crazy policies from the government as they desperately try to address the shortage of babies including a baby cash bonus paid to couples who have children, government programs to pay for couples’ dates, and restrictions on one-person apartments so that people are encouraged to live together.
However, the 9GAG survey suggests that another cause may underlie the problem; a general malaise towards sex. Which is strange, when you think about it. After all, I love the internet but God damn it’s not that much fun. Are Facebook updates from your racist grandmother, rubbish clickbait sites (don’t look at us, we’re different, we swear it), toxic comment sections, and your mate's kickstarter page really better than a nice long morning spent bumping uglies?
But what do you guys think? Would you give up sex for the internet? I mean, Breaking Bad is already over, right? You’ve kinda got the best you’re gonna get from streaming services (oh wait, Game of Thrones). Still, is anything worth a bit of nookie? Let us know in the comments below!