South Africans have made the top ten list for being one of the country’s in the world most sceptical about 5G infrastructure based on their online searches regarding the new technology.
Research by Prolifics Testing using an online analytics tool revealed that South Africans ranked eighth in the world for the concerns they expressed in their Google searches to find out more about the safety of the technology.
Driven by its core benefit of super-fast low latency internet, the new technology has the potential to unlock the full capabilities of other advanced technologies like augmented reality and Internet of things (IoT). The technology has been hailed as a technology that will drive smart cities into the future complete with self driving cars and machines connected to the world wide web in the IoT.
Despite these positive technological leaps forward, many people are still cynical about 5G.
Citizens ask about the safety of 5G
The researchers classified and grouped consistently recurring Google searches about 5G by individuals, such as ‘is 5G dangerous?’, ‘is 5G safe?’, ‘is 5G harmful?’, ‘does 5G pose health risks?’ and ‘does 5G cause/spread coronavirus (Covid-19)?’ as sceptical online searches about 5G.
United States clinched the number one spot, revealing that Americans are the most hesitant about the emerging technology. An astonishing 374,700 sceptical online searches were recorded each month. This amounts to an equivalent of 1027 sceptical online searches per day.
The United Kingdom recorded 93,400 online searches a month, indicating that Britons are doubtful and questioning various aspects of the technology.
Australia (32,970), Canada (22,680) and Poland (20,510) took the next spots among the other countries in the world where there are more than 20,000 tentative online searches about 5G every month. These countries ranked third, fourth and fifth.
South Africa landed in eighth place with an average of 13,780 dubious online queries per month.
According to the research findings there are 6,850 online searches a month by Nigerians ranking the county in thirteen place, while Denmark takes up the spot for being the twentieth most concerned country with Danes initiating 1,410 sceptical online searches a month.
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