We asked 950 currently employed Americans whether or not their jobs required a home internet connection. Here's what we found:
- Most currently employed Americans (over 71.5%) say they could not perform their jobs without a home internet connection.
- The pandemic contributed to this reality with 7.7% of respondents saying their jobs only recently required home internet.
- Only 28% of respondents said they could do their current job without a home internet connection.
Is Home Internet Essentially a Requirement for Most Jobs These Days?
Some of us are old enough to remember a time when work was mostly done at work and home life was mostly done at home. But the lines between home and work are blurring and that effect is being accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
A poll of 27,973 adults in 26 countries, including 14,306 Internet users, conducted for the BBC World Service between Nov. 30, 2009 and Feb. 7, 2010 found that almost four in five internet users and non-users around the world felt that access to the internet was a fundamental right. 50% strongly agreed, 29% somewhat agreed.
We polled 950 Americans who are currently employed. There are certainly some folks who work in healthcare, grocery stores, auto shops, etc., where you wouldn't think a strong home internet connection was a requirement. But if you ask those workers, they'll tell you they have a work email they check often, work nights from home on clerical items and likely feel like their job now requires access to the web these days.
This only adds to the argument though, that the internet should, at least to some extent, be available to all Americans wherever it is technologically possible.