Loving the Internet

Loving the Internet

Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:11 AM ET

Rather than looking for their perfect
match, one in four Americans say the Internet can serve as a
substitute for a significant other, according to a poll
released on Wednesday.

A survey on the role the Internet plays in people’s lives
by Zogby International and communications consultancy, 463
Communications, found that 24 percent of Americans said the
Internet could replace a partner for some period of time.

The percentage was highest among singles of whom 31 percent
said the Internet could be a substitute — with no difference
among males and females.

The researchers said the online survey of 9,743 adults
conducted between October 4-8 showed that some younger people
viewed the Internet as their new best friend.

For while more than one in four Americans has a social
networking profile such as MySpace or Facebook, among 18-24
year-olds this is almost mandatory with 78 percent of them
having a social networking profile.

Breaking it down by political beliefs, the study found more
Democrats have a social networking presence than Republicans —
at 32 percent to 22 percent.

But although American may love the Internet, most are not
prepared to implant it into their brain — even if it was safe,
the researchers said.

Only 11 percent of respondents said they would be willing
to safely implant a device that let them use their mind to
access the Internet although one in five would insert a chip
into a child 13 years old or younger to help track them.

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