Shock – The Internet has changed habits

Another survey that probably won’t shock anyone despite the ‘Dismay’ mentioned in the article.

Apparently British 15-to-19-year-olds admit spending significantly less time doing homework than they used to as a result of their use of social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.

Other findings include:

A balance of -21% of teenage girls and -10% of teenage boys watch less TV than more because they are using social-networking sites. A balance of nearly a third of 15- to 19-year olds say they are doing less homework, -30% among boys and -32% among girls.

The survey also shows the growing “digital divide” between age groups. Whereas 55% of males aged 15 to 19 regularly browse social-networking sites, only 13% of 45-to-54-year-old men do the same

79% of those who watch TV nor record and fast forward through adverts.  Advertising execs are anxious and this may even change the nature of TV.

The survey shows almost seven out of 10 people who admitted to some form of online piracy believe it is “very unlikely” they will be caught. It also shows that 70% of British 15-to-54-year-olds who have illegally downloaded copyrighted material would not do so again if they got an email or call from their ISP.

The government is looking to introduce legislation next year.

The Guardian

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