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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010, NOON

High Noon: Internet makes you happier

Jonathan Hutcheson works on his laptop as his iPhone lies beside it in Columbia, Mo. According to figures compiled in September by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and provided to the Associated Press the average teen has 3.5 gadgets. Adults between 18 and 29 averaged nearly four gadgets; those between 30 and 64 had just under three.  (File Associated Press)
Jonathan Hutcheson works on his laptop as his iPhone lies beside it in Columbia, Mo. According to figures compiled in September by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and provided to the Associated Press the average teen has 3.5 gadgets. Adults between 18 and 29 averaged nearly four gadgets; those between 30 and 64 had just under three. (File Associated Press)

According to this story in the New York Times:

"There are those who believe that too much time spent on the Internet makes people less social and causes them to lose touch with the real world, but a new British study released today found that access to the Internet and the web, and especially to social networks such as Facebook, can improve people’s levels of happiness. The study found that Internet access improves the overall well-being of lower-income users, those with less education and women — particularly those in developing countries — by giving them a sense of freedom and control over their lives." Mathew Ingram Read More.

Does the Internet make you happier?

 




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.