Study: Internet Users Using The Internet

from the that-seems-logical dept

According to a new study, the internet is fulfilling its promise, serving as an important source of information for people's decision making. Did you know, for example, that people are now using the internet to research colleges and get health information? The Pew researchers, who conducted the study, chalk it up to ubiquitous broadband and the proliferation of quality content online. This seems pretty obvious, to the point of being tautologically true. More importantly, these kinds of studies miss the point in understanding the internet. It's not just another content platform, but a communications tool. To say that the internet is an important source of information is like saying that the telephone is an information source when people call 411. Again, it seems pretty obvious, and makes you wonder who is spending money on these studies.


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    hobot, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 11:14am

    well

     

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    hobot, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 11:14am

    here is the answer did I keep you in suspense

    idiots are spending it

     

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    Rikko, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 11:35am

    Joe, you get 10 points for using 'tautologically' in a sentence.

    Totally agree with you, btw

     

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    spr0949, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 11:42am

    Internet Study

    Who is paying for these idiotic studies? Our tax dollars that's who!! The feds spend our tax dollars to find out that the internet is a tool, and they still don't get it!! What can you expect when it was invented by Gore and named after Bush (WWW)!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 12:00pm

    Thanks for that already quite obvious information. I'm so glad that the Pew research center is keeping up on current events.

    Funny - if they hadn't already figured all that out, how solid can their polls possibly be..

    Oh by the way - for the guy who came up with the idea for this study/poll... Your village called, their idiot is missing..

    lol

     

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    derfaust, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 12:24pm

    well granted the study seems kinda stupid. but something to think about is that it is data. we need data to know things. It is kind of interesting to see how people find things out so sources can be made better and more accessable.

     

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    Jeremy Boyd, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Internet Study

    Our tax dollars that's who!! The feds spend our tax dollars to find out that the internet is a tool

    Don't be an idiot. 1) Our tax dollars are not a "who" - they're a "what," but that doesn't matter since they're being spent, not doing the spending. 2) The Pew Group is a non-profit organization that conducts surveys in a lot of areas of daily life. Uncle Sam's not footing the bill.

    While the survey seems a little misguided, I for one am surprised by the data. I thought a lot more than 45% of internet users would rely on the Net for important decisions. So the survey may be instructive even if it only serves to tear down misconceptions.

     

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    Road, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 12:51pm

    Important Decisions

    45% is probably not a acurrate number. If someone came up to you and said "rate 1 to 5 how many important decision's you make are based off the internet." Are you honestly going to say 5. The fact that the original information for the decision came from the web AKA Advertising, Phone number, Location, Contacts, and Normal Q&A sorts of questions is a no brainer. But your not going to say that the decision you made was souly based of the Internet.... So the survey is already flawed.

     

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    mY cAPS loCK wAS oN, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 1:08pm

    Obvious on paper

    The survey ( http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/181/report_display.asp ) does seem to find out what most people already know but it still serves its purpose. Now that this knowledge is a document it can serve much more than if it was only a word of mouth.

     

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    SMG, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 1:13pm

    read about pew trusts here

     

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    Old bear, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re: Internet Study

    "The Pew Group is a non-profit organization that conducts surveys in a lot of areas of daily life. Uncle Sam's not footing the bill."

    Non-profit groups still get paid by someone. My wife works for a non-profit and she doesn't work for free; and neither does her director.

     

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    derfaust, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 2:24pm

    GET SOME!!!

     

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    Tatheg, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 3:09pm

    Internet Use

    I thought it was all about porn. Who would have guessed you could look up colleges and have something with fully clothed people come up?

     

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    Cody, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 3:18pm

    Non-Profit

    Did anybody notice this is a not-for-profit company that completed this survey? Volunteers did it. You guys are seriously running out of things to complain about if you want to laugh at a survey that is checking into what internet users are actually using the internet for. Not only can this be used for marketing, and national defense, but it can tell you exactly where the world is heading. Quit complaining about the use of your tax dollars, they're going to get spent on whatever the government wants. You don't want stupid things done, quit electing Bush.

     

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    Darwin, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 3:47pm

    Master of the Obvious

    This one falls into the same catagory as the study last year that produced a front page announcement reading, "study indicates Men and Women are different" Who are these morons and this had better not be tax dollars!?!?!

     

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    Darwin, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 3:50pm

    Re: Non-Profit

    "You don't want stupid things done, quit electing Bush."

    Well, I liked your comment until you threw that in. WTF does that have to do with Bush? I don't like the guy either but he has nothing to do with idiotic studies. No president does, period.

     

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    Thomas Deaderick, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 4:12pm

    Re: here is the answer did I keep you in suspense

    Sweet line. I lol.

     

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    Kevin, Apr 20th, 2006 @ 5:11pm

    Techdirt Study: Studies are dumb

    Jeez, do you guys read beyond headlines before posting your nuggets of wisdom? Of course communication is a more important aspect of the Internet, but that wasn't the point of the study, was it? Go read the full reports and some background on the project, then come back and tell us why exactly this research is pointless.

    I have no affiliation or particular fondness for the Pew studies, I just wanted to vent about your inane commentary (with some inane comments of my own). Thanks. :)

     

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    kevinakira6968, Apr 24th, 2006 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re: Non-Profit

    He wasn't calling Bush out for studies being done, just stupid things in general. Read his WHOLE comment.

    Yesterday I was at a retail store, looking at a selection of media, and of course it is difficult to pick an item based on a title or a short description, so....I called my wife on her "in" cell phone (free airtime, of course), gave her titles, and she looked up reviews on the internet. I got 4 quality used items for less than $20, 3 of them with no case or anything (only the disc). Would not have purchased them without the reviews. Technology and the internet....how wonderful!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2006 @ 7:30pm

    Re: Obvious on paper

    not all research is that worthwhile, but still... we can't misinterpret data until we have it :)
    As far as research is concerned, I'll take the good with the bad, for the sake of not relying on my own biased opinion about how the world is. I have no particular fondness for this type of study or its methodology, but it's better than saying "I know everything, I won't do any research"

     

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    Dewitt, Jun 13th, 2006 @ 11:51am

    Getting around the internet undetected

    I wanted to know how I can get to places that are blocked off by blockers and I need a code to destroy the blockers. I need help from people and sence you are magneticpizza and I got through things if it was blocked. So can you send me another way into things.


    Thank you

     

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    desirae, Nov 7th, 2006 @ 7:23am

    Re: Getting around the internet undetected

    nothing works.

     

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    brandon, Nov 21st, 2006 @ 7:32am

    fuking nerds

    you guys are a bunch of coc suking mother fuking nerdy bithches

     

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    jarrian, Feb 20th, 2007 @ 11:38am

    Re: Re: Getting around the internet undetected

    how to get around it

     

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    jay, Mar 6th, 2007 @ 11:20am

    Re: well

    firewalls suck ass and parents need 2 back off!!!

     

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    SecretC, May 17th, 2007 @ 10:49am

    LOL :D

    By using remote access my friend accessed his computer and was able to play runescape! By using remote access from school you use the blockers you have at home. You can do anything as if you were at home. He did it, and played as if he were at home, only from school. SUCK on THAT Administrators!!

     

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    SecretC, May 17th, 2007 @ 10:51am

    Re: Getting around the internet undetected

    *whisper* remote access it really works!!!!! And the school cant do anything about it :D

     

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    SecretC, May 17th, 2007 @ 10:52am

    Re: LOL :D

    Remote access works, you can get around anything the blockers the school has does not apply when you do this, email me at christrim@wowway.com to learn how to remote access *Thanks*

     

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    SecretC, May 17th, 2007 @ 10:55am

    Re: Re: LOL :D

    this new technology allows us (with reduced speed) to visit sites like myspace, runescape, YOUTUBE!, and much much more. It cant be blocked or anything, it is not a site or any url, you just click the start button and begin. leave comments questions or any other information and this new technology 15 yr olds came up with.

     

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    SecretC, May 17th, 2007 @ 10:56am

    Re: Re: Re: LOL :D

    leave comments on christrim@wowway.com for insructions on how to do this.

     

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    Kim Ostbyt, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 11:38am

    hello

    THIS WAS A BUNCH OF HELP.... not!

     

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    Mike (profile), Nov 12th, 2009 @ 1:52pm

    I love looking back at these old articles.

    Imagine..people using the internet to research schools! What a concept. If only we had some PC remote access software that could travel back in time and let users get a peek at the things that await them...They might be shocked to see how truly little has changed. I mean, beyond bandwidth, what has changed in the last 3 years on the web? Nada, if you ask me..

     

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    Krevco (profile), Nov 12th, 2009 @ 2:07pm

    Re:

    I don't think PC remote access is what you would need for that. What you would need is a DeLorean and some plutonium!

     

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