Personal technology is making the world a better place to live, according to a Microsoft survey of Internet users around the world.
Findings of the survey are based on the views of 12,002 Internet users in 12 countries. The majority believes that Internet has vastly improved how they shop, work, learn and generally get things done.
However, there is a difference in attitudes toward technology between Internet users in developing and developed countries.
60% of Internet users in developing countries think personal technology has had a positive impact on social bonds. In contrast, only 36 percent of people in developed countries think the same.
59% of people in developing countries think technology-enabled, sharing-economy services, are better for consumers than traditional services. Only 33 percent of people in developed countries think the new services are better for consumers.
"Internet users overwhelmingly say that personal technology is making the world better and more vital," said Mark Penn, Microsoft executive vice president and chief strategy officer. "But there is a digital divergence in the attitudes of Internet users in developing and developed countries regarding how technology will affect them going forward."
59 % of people in developed countries in contrast to 85 % in developing countries are interested in working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
77 % of women in developing countries feel encouraged to work in STEM fields as compared to only 46 % of women in developed countries.
Majority of the respondents think personal technology has helped them find more affordable products, start new businesses and benefited social activism.
Most Internet users in 11 of the 12 countries said technology's effect on privacy was mostly negative. Majorities in every country except India and Indonesia agreed that current legal protections for users of personal technology were insufficient.
Most people in India and Indonesia were completely aware of the types of personal information collected about them.
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