Maslow’s hierarchy of internet needs

by Matthew Cobb

When I was a psychology student, I was taught about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which suggested (as I recall) that we had to be nourished and sheltered and have all sorts of basic needs satisfied before we could pay attention to higher needs such as being creative. I remember being a smartass in a tutorial and saying: ‘But what about the starving artist?’.

Whatever the validity of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, this portrayal of the hierarchy of *internet* needs is most definitely correct. You can’t do anything on the internet without first satisfying that most basic of human needs: kittehs.

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I have taken this from here, but I’m not sure who actually made it…

17 Comments

  1. Dermot C
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    @ ‘…smartass in a tutorial…’

    Similarly, after a lecture on James Joyce.

    ‘Any questions?’
    ‘Are there any boats in the stream of consciousness?’

  2. Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Porn can be relaxing.

  3. Dawn Oz
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    When I critiqued Maslow’s hierarchy a long time ago, I noted that he was one of the many psychological theorists who didn’t have any women in their studies. Likewise this framework is from a much more male point of view. However, hey, the framework is right on about the importance of cats.

    • Marella
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      For women delete “porn’ and replace with “shopping”. I’m a woman so I can say that. 😉

      • Dawn Oz
        Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

        OK, could call it addictive past-times.

  4. Posted January 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    The top triangle is too big. We need a shorter word than “Productivity”.

    • S A GOULD
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely.

      • Marella
        Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

        How about “Work”?

    • Posted January 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

      Or a triangle with a broader base…

    • Wayne Tyson
      Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      Take. (I prefer “loaf,” but know that won’t fly.)

  5. Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    I thought it said ‘internet nerds’!

  6. abb3w
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    The fine print “Pleated Jeans” on the side together with Google Image Search suggests this is the 2010-07-14 original source.

  7. Tim
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Just as John Haught has been saying. Jerry’s kitteh fetish proves he’s really just operating on the lowest level. Theologians operate on a higher plane … uh, boiling water for tea … or … something.

  8. jose
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Is it true that Maslow drew his triangle while researching monkeys?

  9. jose
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Another thing: “need to feel smart by researching useless facts”… does that include this entire blog and every popsci blog? I mean the genetics of supersoldier ants is pretty useless to me.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted January 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      I suggest you go elsewhere if you don’t like what’s on this website. And why, exactly, do we need to know what is or what is not useless to you?

  10. Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    From a sales and management course, I learned this old hierarchy. It’s simply different and pre-net. I love the net hierarchy you posted.

    1 food
    2 shelter
    3 sex
    4 curiously, there was no #4


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