Ahead of the premiere of Mr. Robot – a TV series about a young computer programmer who’s a cyber-security engineer during the day and a hacker at night – USA Network conducted a digital security survey featuring 1,000 respondents between 18 and 49.
While Mr. Robot officially premieres tomorrow night, USA released the show early across nearly every platform imaginable, including its native apps, Google Play, and even sites like IMDB and Terra.com.
If the results of survey, some of which are below, are any indication, Mr. Robot will strike a chord with many people.
- More than half (55 per cent) of young people say that if they could start fresh, they wouldn’t join social media at all
- 75 per cent say they are somewhat likely (29 per cent), likely (23 per cent) or highly likely (23 per cent) to deactivate their social media accounts if major digital security breaches continue.
- Brown boxes (eg physical filing systems) are the new 'black boxes' of data, cited by Gen Ys on a scale of zero to 10 as more secure (6.54) than their online bank account (6.22), hard drive (6.20), personal computer (6.03) or online medical records (5.98).
- 86 per cent of 18 to 49 year olds agree that the next world-changing terrorist attack is likely to be a digital one, and that cyber warfare is a bigger threat in America today (53 per cent) than physical warfare (47 per cent).
- 89 per cent of Gen Xers and Ys agree with the statement 'Data breaches are the new oil spills; they are as destructive to the world and as costly to clean up.'
-Online hacking topped 18 to 49 year olds lists of what they feared most, more than violent crime (6.19), terrorism (6.09) or even death (5.04).
- 82 per cent of Gen Xers and Ys believe the United States Constitution needs to be amended to include people’s rights to online and digital privacy.