Report: Half of respondents would like to completely erase themselves from the Internet

Deepak Gupta April 16, 2022
Updated 2022/04/16 at 12:04 PM

Although it may not seem like it at first glance, the truth is that the Internet knows us better than we know ourselves. Increasingly aware of this, users are not satisfied with their online presence, according to a new survey.

In fact, more than half of the respondents admitted that they would like to be able to eliminate themselves from the Internet.

Once on the Internet, forever on the Internet. It may not be that linear, but the truth is that it is very complicated to delete something that has been shared, from data to documents and personal files. After all, although it is just a click away, it is a highly complex and profound world.

With time and technological growth, users are increasingly aware that the companies they associate with must know more about them than they do themselves.

Incidentally, the NordVPN interviewed about a thousand people in the United States of America, and realized, for example, that more than half of the respondents would like to completely erase themselves from the Internet. Respondents are all over 18 years old, inclusive, and the objective of the study is to understand how users feel about their online presence.

Among those surveyed, just under half said they did not trust the Internet and a small part said that they would rather the Internet did not exist or that they had never used it. Regarding the type of personal data they didn't want to see online, 53% said they didn't want strangers to access their financial information, and 35% said they didn't want to see their medical information available online. On the other hand, 9% were comfortable with sharing financial information, and 14% expressed that they would not mind sharing medical information. In addition, 34% of respondents said they were not comfortable with someone reading their emails and personal messages.

According to the PCMarg31% of the sample are willing to pay up to 100 dollars to hide their identity on the Internet, while 12% are willing to pay up to 500 dollars, and 3% consider 1000 dollars or more.

The survey results clearly show that users will not be satisfied with their exposure on the Internet. In addition, it allows us to reflect on the impossibility of erasing ourselves completely.

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