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With the amount of media attention given to online bullying in schools or the workplace, you would get the impression that most people might feel the Internet is a hostile place.But according to a recent study by The Pew Internet & American Life Project  it’s not that way at all, especially for adults.Adults generally found their experience positive and more positive compared to young people.

  • Adults using Social Networking Sites (SNS) say that their experience with people is mostly kind (85%), while only about 5% sees it as an unkind environment.
  • Moreover, 68% of SNS users said they had experiences that made them feel good about themselves.
  • Add to this, 61% had experiences that made them feel closer to someone they had either met on line or another person.
  • Many adults say they see acts of kindness or generosity (39%). By comparison, 18% of SNS-using adults say they see helpful behavior “only once in a while” and 5% say they never see generosity exhibited by others on social networking sites.

Nevertheless, SNS users do witness bad behaviour. Nearly a third has experienced some negative outcomes.

Comparing data from a previous survey, adults generally had a better experience than younger people based based on a Pew Internet Project reported in November 2011.

 

 

Sources:

Summary  http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Social-networking-climate.aspx

The complete report  http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Social-networking-climate.aspx

 

 

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