The largest study to date on the social effects of the internet
quizzed 4,113 adults in nearly 3,000 households across America.
Its author, Professor Nie from the Stanford Institute for the
Quantitative Study of Society in America, is very concerned that
even moderate use (5-10 hours a week) can reduce personal social
activities by up to 25%. These moderate users spent on average
8% less time attending social events, 13% less time with family
and friends, and 26% less time talking to people on the phone.
One good thing though, for 60% of the time people are on the
net they would, apparently, have been watching TV.
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