New Study Shows An Increasing Number Of Americans Say The Internet Has Not Been Good For Society And That Isn't Surprising To Me. Here's Why 5/8/18 -A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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A new Pew Research study shows an increasing number of Americans believe the internet has had a negative impact on society.

The study found that 70 percent of American adults that use the web believe it’s been mostly good for society. That’s down from 76 percent in 2014. Those that feel it’s been  a mix of good and bad, is up from 8 percent to 14 percent in this new poll.

The age group with the largest change are Americans over 65 with 64 percent saying the internet has been good for society. In 2014, 78 percent said it’s been good for society.

This isn’t surprising to me. Yes, the internet has provided some great things for society, but look at the bad it’s given us as well.

Now we have to worry about identity theft, hacking, spam, our data getting stolen or used for advertisements on Facebook, all kinds of hate on Twitter, fake news, lies being spread and gossip on social media, more distractions that takes us away from family and friends, more anxiety, depression and loneliness, and look how many marriages social media has led to divorce with people starting affairs online. I’m sure the list could go on and on.

I believe as technology advances, the problems I listed will only increase and more and more Americans will start to realize that maybe the internet offers more negative than positive things for society.

Of course, whatever you believe about the web, it’s too late to put the genie back in the bottle. The World Wide Web is here to stay and so are the benefits and all the damage to society it provides.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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https://www.recode.net/2018/5/6/17320766/internet-good-bad-society-pew-research-impact-facebook-amazon