Study Says We Spend Too Much Time Online

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Internet is probably the most important technological development of our time.Which might be why people tend to waste nearly a whole day per week online.According to the 2017 Digital Future Report, Americans spend an average 23.6 hours using the Internet weekly.AdChoices广告In the nearly 20 years since the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg began its annual survey, the Web has evolved from secondary medium to daily essential.“From the beginning of our research in 1999, it quickly became clear that the Internet was becoming a central part of everyday life—even more vital than the telephone and telegraph were in their day,” Center director Jeffrey Cole said in a statement.Even if you’re the one-in-a-million person who has rejected all technology (which seems unlikely, since you’re reading this article on the Web), you know someone who relies on a smartphone to tweet or a laptop to send emails; someone who talks to their smart speaker or tracks daily step counts.Because, as reported by the 15th Digital Future Report, a whopping 92 percent of Americans use the Internet—a 25 percent increase since the turn of the millennium.Americans spend an average 23.6 hours using the Internet weekly (via 2017 Digital Future ReportCenter for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg)Each year, the Digital Future Project surveys the same individuals in the same 2,000-plus households across the country; responses are recorded from folks who continue to use the Internet or not, as well as those who have transformed from non-user to user (and vice versa).“After 15 studies, we continue to find profound and enlightening information about how digital technology is changing American life,” Cole said. “We have found that online behavior changes constantly, and the views and behavior of both users and non-users adjust as technology emerges, and then thrives, fades away, or morphs in new directions.”One of the most dramatic (yet unsurprising) changes, as noted by USC, is the ratio of print-to-online news consumption: The equation has come a long way from 85-to-15 in 2001 to “near-parity” at 51-to-49 in 2016.The center also found that social networking, despite its faults, has helped sustain offline relationships; 62 percent of respondents claim the Internet was “important or very important” for maintaining friendships.“By beginning our study of the Internet early in its evolution as a worldwide communication and information-gathering tool,” Cole revealed, “we are able to better understand the effects of the Internet as it grows, and not as a postscript after it has matured.”center_img Elizabeth Warren Reveals $85 Billion Public Broadband PlanCan You Shoot 30-50 Feral Hogs in This Browser Game? last_img

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