FEAR MONGERING news networks must try harder, according to a survey by web browser maker Opera that shows that terrorism, nuclear attack and pandemics are not what people fear the most.
In an uncommon bout of rationality among human beings in America, Russia and Japan, those surveyed did not see Internet fraud as a top concern. Traffic accidents, fear of losing one's job, relationship problems and for the Russians and the Japanese, global warming, were ahead of online fraud.
The global warming one is a bit of a mystery, as climate change is a long term trend rather than a near term event, but the Japanese do live on islands. The Russians meanwhile have no such justification for fearing climate change, as their government has said that Siberia will benefit from a thaw. Clearly state run Russia Today needs to focus on this topic more, rather than harp on tiresomely about US military misadventures.
Oslo based Opera didn't bother to survey its own Norwegian folk or us sturdy Brits, whose fears no doubt would have included missing Question of Sport, running out of tea and/or choccie biscuits and whether the video recorded the final of Come Dancing or not.
As Opera doesn't provide Internet security software, one wonders why it bothered with this survey, but it gives us something to giggle about anyway. In a slight case of blowback the Opera survey finds that on average only four per cent felt they were safe while surfing the Internet with their mobile, and Opera produces web browsers for mobiles.
In response to the question of what would make the world a fairer place, only 11 per cent of Japanese and the Americans thought giving money to others was a good idea, one small victory for Fox News and its wealthy capitalist backers there, then. However 20 per cent of Russians thought this was a good one.
On the same question positions were reversed when asked if the ending of all wars would make the world a fairer place. Almost 60 per cent of the Japanese and Russians thought it would, while 59 per cent of Americans did not agree with the idea. By which they mean that the fairest world of all would be one where the subjugation of all peoples by the US military ensures American access to the world's resources, one imagines.
In a final twist to the survey, 14 per cent of those surveyed said they have no worries in their daily life. Obviously they are the banksters, who can thrive and prosper off the hard working backs of everyone else whatever happens, because they are too big to fail and all the politicians are too corrupt to do anything about it. µ