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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    Jeremy Boyd, 19 Apr 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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