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Social relationships Internet

Graph showing poll answers to question asking about the impact of the Internet on respondents' relationships.The Internet becomes a bigger part of our lives everyday, making life more convenient but also taking away the human element of living in the moment and making relationships more superficial, survey respondents told the Pew Research Center.

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The think tank on Thursday of 1, 000 U.S. adults about their views of how the Internet impacts their lives, which it conducted in January. When asked if the Internet has been good or bad for society, 15 percent of respondents said it was bad, 76 percent said it was good and 8 percent said it was both good and bad.

Respondents agreed the Internet was good for individuals, however. When asked if the Internet was good for themselves 90 percent said it was good, 6 percent said bad and 3 percent said both good and bad.

“There is considerable debate about whether people’s use of the Internet has enriched their relationships or not and whether the online environment is friendly or menacing, ” the Pew report said.

When asked if the Internet strengthened their relationships with family and friends 67 percent of Internet users said yes, 18 percent said it weakens those relationships, 4 percent said both and another 4 percent said neither.

With the increase of smartphones in recent years many have all griped about the narcissism of people who spend all their time on social networks, text messaging at a dinner table or taking photos of the food they eat. There is talk about how social networks and new devices like the Google Glass visor have diluted privacy, to the point that Google published do’s and don’ts for using the visor as guidelines on how not to be “creepy or rude (aka, a ‘Glasshole’)”

There is good and the bad with the expansion of the Internet, including fears about smartphone apps “turning us into sociopaths” and the danger of turning over our daily routines to new technology like Apple’s Siri digital assistant, as described in an opinion piece in Wired magazine Wednesday by Evan Selinger.

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