Friday, October 27, 2006

Internet users: Beware!

Stanford School of Medecine researchers found the following:

In the Stanford study—which Aboujaoude said is the first large-scale, random-sample epidemiological one ever done—the researchers conducted a nationwide household survey and interviewed 2,513 adults. Because no generally accepted screening instrument exists for problematic Internet use, the researchers developed their questions by extrapolating from other compulsive and addictive conditions.
The researchers found that 68.9 percent were regular Internet users, which is consistent with previous studies, and that:

* 13.7 percent (more than one out of eight respondents) found it hard to stay away from the Internet for several days at a time
* 12.4 percent stayed online longer than intended very often or often
* 12.3 percent had seen a need to cut back on Internet use at some point
* 8.7 percent attempted to conceal non-essential Internet use from family, friends and employers
* 8.2 percent used the Internet as a way to escape problems or relieve negative mood
* 5.9 percent felt their relationships suffered as a result of excessive Internet use


1 comment:

Leilouta said...

They say a year in the Internet business is like a dog year.. equivalent to seven years in a regular person's life. In other words, it's evolving fast and faster.
Vinton Cerf