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By Caroline Haythornthwaite, Barry Wellman

The web in daily life is the 1st ebook to systematically examine how being on-line matches into people's daily lives.

  • Opens up a brand new line of inquiry into the social results of the Internet.
  • Focuses on how the net suits into daily lives, instead of contemplating it as another world.
  • Chapters are contributed via major researchers within the area.
  • Studies are in line with empirical data.
  • Talks concerning the truth of being on-line now, no longer hopes or fears in regards to the destiny results of the Internet.

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The United States does not dominate Internet use nearly as much as it used to, with at least 64 percent of Internet users living elsewhere (Nua, 2001b). 6 million) are Internet users, followed by 55 percent in Denmark, 55 percent in Hong Kong, and 52 percent in Australia (note that the list is indicative, not comprehensive). 33 7 41 21 40 Source: a World Employment Report 2001: Life at Work in the Information Economy. International Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland, 2001. ie/surveys/how_many_online/.

Being alone may mean sitting at a computer on your own and/or pursuing individual pursuits on the Internet. Yet, using the Internet generally means communicating with others, largely through email, so a good proportion of the time online is social. The UCLA study also suggests that Internet use may not always mean being alone at the computer: 47 percent of users report spending “at least some time each week using the Internet with other household members” (UCLA CCP, 2000, p. 29). Being alone may also mean abandoning ties with those physically nearby.

Of these users, • • • • • • Almost all use email, with email rapidly becoming more used than the telephone. Almost all web surf. Moreover, web-surfers are spending more time online and using the Internet more often. In September 2001, Internet users spent an average of 10 hours and 19 minutes online, up 7 percent from the nine hours and 14 minutes recorded a year earlier (Macaluso, 2001). Many shop. 6 billion dollars, up 19 percent from 2000. 0 percent of total sales (Pastore, 2002). Usenet members participated in more than 80,000 topic-oriented collective discussion groups in 2000.

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