Debating the Social Effects of the Internet: Connecting with the World

Public Perspective, Vol. 11, No. 3 (May/June 2000), pp. 42-43

3 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2012

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

One can readily sympathize with Professors Norman Nie and Lutz Erbring, the investigator and co-investigator of a recent study on the social consequences of the internet conducted by the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society. Like many scholars before them who have conducted extensive surveys, their results at first seemed rather self-evident and dull. They spent much effort and resources to reach 4,113 adults in 2,689 households. They analyzed their data and came up with such findings as the internet is used more for e-mail (90%) than banking (12%), more people use the internet for surfing (69%) than for trading stocks (7%), and those who use it extensively spend less time in traffic (14% of heavy users).

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Debating the Social Effects of the Internet: Connecting with the World (2000). Public Perspective, Vol. 11, No. 3 (May/June 2000), pp. 42-43. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2155874

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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United States

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