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Re: Internet Usage Survey

Feb 21, 1997 05:46 PM
by Ann E. Bermingham

> From: M K Ramadoss <>
> Here is something I picked on CNN web.
> ===========================
>        Survey: Internet use
>        surging
>        February 21, 1997
>        Web posted at: 1:30 a.m. EST
> CNN) -- A new survey finds the
> number of people who use the
> Internet appears to be growing by
> great leaps.
The front page of the Chicago Sun-Times announced that
the phone company, Ameritech, was having trouble
delivering service to the western suburbs because there
were so many people subscribiing to AOL and staying
on the Web hours.

> Most people use the Internet from home, according to
> the survey. More than 22 million access the 'Net from
> their home computers; 13.3 million do so from work,
> and 6.8 million log on from school.

I told someone recently that I spent more time on the
Internet than watching televison, and she responded
by telling me I was ADDICTED.

One thing different about the Internet vs TV is that
it is interactive.  When one watches television, one
sits like a slug and lets others act upon one, while
one can respond and create on the Web/Internet.

> The fastest growing group of users are those between
> the ages of 25 and 34, the survey found. That group
> represents 30 percent of online users.
They have grown up with computers and are more
likely not to see them as strange complicated boxes
that require a techno priesthood to explain.

> The survey also found that the Internet gender gap is
> shrinking. Females now make up 45 percentof those
> who go online.

This is bad news for those that want to dominate
women online, offline or anywhere on the planet.
The more aggressive females may decide to flame
the unequality-minded males and form networks that
fight domestic abuse and job discrimination.
Probably already happening, but we can only see more
of it as more "ladies" log on.

> And most people use their computers to send and
> receive e-mail, and to get information about their
> hobbies or products and services.

There's been a rash of newspaper articles and television
shows about people meeting their dream spouse online, as well
as married people meeting a new online lover and running off
with that person.  There seems to be an implication that there
is some kind of marital danger on the Internet and that one should be
careful about who one was talking to, because that person might
break up your marriage.  My take is that if it wasn't a good
marriage, some other person would break it up.
Besides, finding another partner has occurred many times
before in local bars, in the supermarket, the church and the PTA.
Only thing new here is that we've opened up a whole new arena
in which to meet people.

But if one spouse was spending a lot of time online, it would
certainly make the other spouse suspicious.  I distinctly remember
the time my husband asked me how old Dr. Bain was.




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