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Internet Users Are More Social Than Non-Users

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the news-to-me dept.

The Internet 196

FePe writes "The UCLA World Internet Project has concluded from a study that Internet users spend more time on social activites than non-users. Many other interesting facts can be seen on the page. For example, in the United States 73.1 percent of men use the Internet compared to 69 percent of woman." Also interesting is how net users watch less television than their offline counterparts. Update: 01/16 03:46 GMT by M : Yep, pretty much the same story as yesterday. To be fair, Cowboyneal did say it was news to him. :)

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Oh my (3, Funny)

iswm (727826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994400)

How delightfully ironic.

Re:Oh my (2, Funny)

maladroit (71511) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994438)

from the news-to-me dept.

Gotta love it ....

Re:Oh my (4, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994661)

from the news-to-me dept.

Perhaps if he'd read the story when it was posted yesterday it wouldn't be.

Mods: (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994529)

i am new here 34/m just wondering if U could ban user "Anonymous Coward" from the server? he floods all the message boards i go to and he is just annoying and is a troll.

thank you
josh kierkgarrd

Re:Mods: (0)

Squirrley (708130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994576)

you must be new here...

Re:Oh my (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994605)

Statistically-speaking, a four point difference in a study isn't enough to account for error. This means the numbers are virtually identical.

DUPE! (3, Informative)

herrvinny (698679) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994404)

DUPE DUPE DUPE. [slashdot.org]

Re:DUPE! (0, Redundant)

fliptout (9217) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994463)

And slashdot editors are paid for what? Seriously.

Re:DUPE! (0)

Squirrley (708130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994480)

are they paid?

Re:DUPE! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994481)

They are paid to play with themselves while download anime pr0n and a few times a day pretend they are "editors" on this shit website.

Re:DUPE! (4, Funny)

Adam9 (93947) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994471)

The editors were too busy having a social life perhaps? ;)

MODS ON CRACK - NOT REDUNDANT (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994510)

was the first post to point out the dupe

RAID in action! (1)

denks (717389) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994511)

Redundant Array of Inexpensive Dupes!

Re:RAID in action! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994533)

Its not inexpensive if you have to constantly pay, as a subscriber, to see thse dupes.

I want a refund of my money.. I'm seriously considering contacting my state's Attorney General because this has got to be violating laws

Re:RAID in action! (0)

Squirrley (708130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994547)

and yet you don't even use your account to post?!? wtf ?

Re:RAID in action! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994572)

obviously I don't want to be modbombed by Michael Sims or similar

Re:RAID in action! (1)

denks (717389) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994631)

You are getting your subscriptions worth. This RAID setup ensures that the article remains available, even if one of the copies is taken off.

I e-mailed the god damn editor. (3, Interesting)

sam_handelman (519767) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994554)

I stay home on Thursday night, in spite of the legion of sophisticated bisexual women clawing at the door to my Manhattan apartment, putting aside a rich evening of culinary, cultural and sexual exploration of the kind that all geeks regularly enjoy, in order to selflessly devote myself to keeping slashdot running smoothly.

I e-mail the on-duty editor with a problem - as I am instructed to do.

I do so with at least ten minutes to spare before the story actually goes live.

What does the editor do? Absolutely nothing!

What is the point of even *having* an on-duty editor if they can't filter out duplicate stories! Jeez!

Re:I e-mailed the god damn editor. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994652)

Mmmm...sophisticated bisexual women...

Dupe (-1, Redundant)

Jack Comics (631233) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994406)

This story is a dupe [slashdot.org] .

WUH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994407)

OMG FUH

online dating (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994412)

Its because of the online dating sites, obviously.

this is a dupe (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994414)

but i guess cowboy neil was too busy hanging out at the pub to know ;)

Social user here! (0, Redundant)

meta-monkey (321000) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994418)

As a matter of fact, I'm such a social Internet user, that ten minutes I emailed cowboy neal to tell him that this story is a dupe [slashdot.org] ! Of course it somehow made it out of the Mysterious Future anyway. Great job, Cowboy Neal!!

Re:Social user here! (1)

jargoone (166102) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994462)

The link says something like "See any serious problems with this story? Email our on duty editor." Apparently they have a different idea of "serious problem". That, or the story queue is like the bases on Alien(s?). There's a time limit, after which you can't cancel the story.

Dupe! (-1, Redundant)

OmniVector (569062) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994420)

I call DUPE [slashdot.org] ! Come on cowboy neal.. at least search first.

'course! (5, Funny)

pumpknhd (575415) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994423)

What are they thinking? That we just sit around and read /. all day?

Re:'course! (2, Funny)

fuzzbot77 (611247) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994549)

don't you ? :)

HELP! I AM HOLDING MY ERECT PENIS IN MY HAND (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994427)

However I am confused as to what I should do next. Please advise!

Re:HELP! I AM HOLDING MY ERECT PENIS IN MY HAND (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994475)

chop it off with a big axe

Re:HELP! I AM HOLDING MY ERECT PENIS IN MY HAND (1)

fuzzbot77 (611247) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994506)

can i just say...... ouch!!!!!

And they often do copy themself (1)

TheSunborn (68004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994430)

And they do often copy themself because it is so easy to do online

And they often do copy themself (2, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994531)

And they do often copy themself because it is so easy to do online

It surely is.

Spend more time on the internet, Cowboy! (0, Redundant)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994432)

Then you might spot the dupes before they happen!
Or get enough friends to back you up when you dupe!

Internet users also have worse memory (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994434)

...than non-internet users [slashdot.org] ...

Of Course... (4, Insightful)

SpiritualRemains (235040) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994440)

Of course there's more men on the internet than women. There's more male oriented porn than female oriented porn out there.

SR.

ha ha (2, Funny)

wwest4 (183559) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994441)

news-to-me dept.

holy double entendre batman.

w417.... (3, Funny)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994442)

Social != Taking showers

Japanese Public Bath (1)

chocolatetrumpet (73058) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994630)

Social != Taking showers...

unless of course you are in a Japanese Public [narnarnar.com] Bath House! [narnarnar.com]

Re:j4p4n353 publ1c b47h (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994683)

Or the Turkish ones that I see on all those European travlling shows on TV.

I was really taking a jab at RMS more than anything else =)

Why is this a shock? (5, Insightful)

BoldAC (735721) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994443)

Like we come here for the articles?!?!

We all come here to socialize and share ideas.

Yes, even the trolls.

This is social.

Sure I go out with friends and family several times per week... but this is a form of socialization as well.

We all need a little geek "fix" every once in a while.

No shock here.

AC

no we are not (2, Funny)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994444)

i am an internet user and i am not social

so, that study is wrong

slashdot editors, please remove that misleading title. it might make people think this is a reliable source of info

Old fucking news (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994446)

Congratulations, Slashdot. I read this article on CNN like, a week ago. Could you BE any slower in posting stories to the front page? Meanwhile during my work-day I have to twiddle my fucking thumbs without any god damned Slashdot reading because you lazy-arsed editors are sleeping on the other side of the pacific. Don't be so god damned US-Centric; post stories with fair regularity so no matter WHERE you are, you can get a healthy dosage of procrastination-enabling reading material. Plus, you'll get news posted WHILE THEY ARE STILL TIMELY!
If you don't like it, get the FUCK off the (global) Internet, you fucking AmeriKKKan editors. :p

How's THAT for sociable, you filthy hippies!

Re:Old fucking news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994501)

actually slashdot was very prompt-they reposted this dupe while the original is still in the "older articles" box on the front page, displaying the incredible speed of the editors' incompetence.

Re:Old fucking news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994519)

Well, I knew I read it _somewhere_. Maybe not CNN after all. Kudo's to Slashdot for posting timely material. Now don't ban my fucking account, cocksmokers! ;-)

Re:Old fucking news (1)

Richard Allen (213475) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994534)

mod parent as -1 Envious

Re:Old fucking news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994567)

Envious? It's the middle of January and I'm walking around with a sweater on, and chuckling at CNN reports of you fat-assed AmeriKKKans freezing your balls off at -40 weather. Plus, I'm surrounded by beautiful, slim-waisted asian women on a daily, constant basis. Oh, and I've been watching your almighty dollar decline for months. Envious? Bwahahahah!

What kind of social activities? (4, Interesting)

Ignorant Aardvark (632408) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994447)

Online people may spend more overall time in "social activities" - but a lot of these social activities probably don't really count. Is someone who spends 6 hours a week in a chat room socially better off than someone who spends 5 hours a week hanging out with friends at a mall?

Another point to mention: I watch TV at least as many hours as I am on my computer. Why? All of the rooms that I have computers in also have TVs in them, and I always have a TV on in the background when I'm on the computer.

dupe checker (1, Redundant)

Kilka (694154) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994448)

So why isn't there an automatic dupe checker in the ./ engine ? Anybody know ?

Kilka

Re:dupe checker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994596)

Because there ISN'T a "Slashdot engine". It's just a collection of badly designed, badly written perl code. Hell, it's a wonder stories even APPEAR on the front page at all. MySQL? Bwahahah! (Why do open sores morons always choose MySQL over PostgreSQL?)

Just a quick question (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994449)

If slashdot "subscribers" get to see the stuff before the fact, why not let them vote a story a dupe BEFORE it's posted to the site?

I mean, it could just be a delay of 30 seconds for each vote until a certain threshold is reached, but christ! It's almost as bad as the trolls sometimes.

My .02

~ Eric

all geeks use the internet (5, Funny)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994457)

(geeks are internet users)=> (internet users are super social) => (geeks are the most internet savy) => (Geeks are Socialite GODS)

It's not even off the "Older Stuff" sidebar (1)

jxg (556482) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994459)

For shame, Cowboy.

Did I say they do often copy themself (0, Redundant)

TheSunborn (68004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994469)

And they do often copy themself because it is so easy to do online

But not in slashdot. Because there it just make a "This exact comment has already been posted. Try to be more original..."

Re:Did I say they do often copy themself (1)

meta-monkey (321000) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994708)

That might be a pretty good addition to the Slashcode. Something like "this same link has been used in a recent story (provides link). Would you still like to post this story?"

Despite being a dupe. (4, Insightful)

fuzzbot77 (611247) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994474)

It is true... We have got so much more communication of course.. We can talk VoIP/IRC IM email to our hearts content. If anything computers / internet has made it cheaper to communicate with people we would not normaly communicate with. Only for the cost of ISP charges.. which usualy works out cheaper than dialing up some one on your home phone. Is this story a suprize. Not for those of us that are used to it.. Its the uneducated general public that have been misinformed that believe that computers cause you to be anti-social.. Well thats my 2 cents.. I am sure there will be people that dissagree

slashdot editor facts (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994476)

100% of Slashdot editors are male
Only 10% of Slashdot Editors actually read /.
Duplicates occur at a rate of 7%, but if the Editor is watching TV they occur at 50%.
TV is only good 10% of the time.
Statistics are evil 90% of the time, for the other 10% of the time they are damn lies....

Well, at least it's more than 2/3 of woman... (2, Funny)

baltimoretim (631366) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994484)

73.1 percent of men use the Internet compared to 69 percent of woman.

What, has some magician sawed this poor woman into pieces, and failed to reattach 31% of her? And, while he desperately Reads The FM on how to complete the trick, she surfs the 'net?

"internet users" (3, Funny)

senatorpjt (709879) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994487)

Remember, they're talking about the 73% of the population that sends email around, they're not talking about the hardcore geek population. I don't even think these people should be counted as "internet users" any more than you would call someone who pumps their own gas an auto mechanic.

dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994491)

dupe [slashdot.org]

It's a dupe (0, Redundant)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994493)

So there's two stories about some bore ass study but not one story about the fact that goatse.cx has been censored. What the fuck? I know there have to be about 300,000 submissions about the goatse story too. Are the editors in denial of goatse man? He's just a guy with a big anus. You get over seeing it pretty soon.

Tim

73 vs 69 percent (1)

lukior (727393) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994495)

I'm surprised that this number is so close. I've been told time and time again that men like computers and women don't and yet this study has internet usage almost equal and i'm sure the 4 points is within the margin of error in the poll. Maybe geeks won't be alone for too much longer. Then again who am i kidding.

dont get your hopes up... (1)

alexdm (728255) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994635)

i bet 80% of the 73% of women are RL manginas!

Wow (1)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994496)

People must read a lot more than I do to so quickly recognize a dupe.

I would say most of the internet users (sic) I know are pretty social. It IS a means of communication isn't it.

does... (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994497)

posting a response mean that i am being social according to their standards?

Re:d035... (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994614)

I'd be more interested if trolling counts as social. Seems pretty anti-social to me, but how could such a study account for this?

Oh, and, uh, ignore my sig.

Re:d035... (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994694)

leave that one for the philosophers.

Reruns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994500)

Internet users don't need to watch TV, because they can get their fill of reruns on Slashdot.

Internet Users are More Social... (1)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994502)

still.

Stay tuned to Slashdot for continued coverage on how sociable internet users are.

Ben

Those Anti-Slash.org folks don't need to try very (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994505)

hard to convince others that Slashdot just fucking sucks.

So what if it's a dupe? (2, Insightful)

Fortunato_NC (736786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994508)

I mean besides boring others and fragmenting discussion, thus depriving some of potentially critical insights. Other than that, there is nothing wrong with dupes! And even better, it gives us a second chance for First Post!

But seriously - I think this study is one of those self fufilling prophecies - some geek whose friends told him he spends too much time online was like, "I'll show THEM!" Then he designs a protocol and a study, and lo and behold, but frequent Internet Users are actually MORE social!

Or, it could be that Internet Users (on average):

1. Have more income than non-users.
2. Have a better education than non-users.
3. Have more leisure time than non-users.

All of these things contribute seriously to "being social." After all, if you're technologically illiterate, you probably aren't working in a white collar job that's all about networking. You're probably slinging hash at a Waffle House, hoping the truckers don't spit at you tonight.

First Repost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994512)

(of the year)

We're all social in some way. (0)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994513)

Otherwise there would be only one entity.

Music and Love: a deist theory.

Love seems clear, but what is music? Here, it is meant as harmonious randomness. And those are the main themes in this theory of everything.

About skeptics. Skepticism is the way to distinguish truly wrong theories from others. Nothing here can be shown to be false currently.

Free Will.

  • Can generate randomness.
  • Seeks love and music.
  • Are all identical.
    Free Will as a concept does not change from person to person.

God.

  • Can generate true randomness.
  • Has no storage or input.
    Without storage or input, God remains outside of time. This gives him the power to generate an entire universe all at once.
  • Outputs quantized information.
  • Seeks music.
God, then, actually has a subset of the powers of every sentient being. God cannot love, cannot store. God is essentially a random number generator. This is a deist philosophy.

An entity is the self. It consists of free will coupled with storage.

This is the "soul" concept common in religions.

  • a. The amount of entities is finite, unchanging, and even.
    There can be no creation or destruction of them. See the story below for why it should be even.
  • Each has no beginning.
  • Each has no end.
  • Each has a non-quantized infinite storage of previous (quantized) input from seats of consciousness.
    It is infinite because there was no beginning to the storage. Because it is infinite, it contains all that can be experienced. However, it is ordered by time.

    It can only be added to, never deleted. It has been shown that completely erasing memories, while interesting to science fiction, is very hard to do. No matter what part of the brain is damaged, there remains some recollection of ingrained memory.

    Scientific testing of this hypothesis is difficult. Remembering a specific address or phone number would be conclusive proof, but that is not the nature of this storage. It is more the stuff of dreams--fleeting.

    Output is not stored. The output may be fed back as input and stored, though. Note that God has output but no storage.

    Sorry, L. Ron, there can be no "out of body" experience.

  • The storage cannot be shared directly. It must go through systems.
    Telepathy can be thought of as a direct sharing of this storage between minds. Skeptics have convincingly shown no paranormal exchange of information.
The beings spoke of in the beginning were not entities until the universes started.

A seat of consciousness is the physical carrier of the entity.
The seat presumably is somewhere in the brain. As many animals do seem sentient, it is probably in an older part of the brain that evolved long before humans. We are finding that all sensory information converges on certain areas such as the thalamus. This is part of the limbic system--an evolutionarily old system--which holds promise when looking for the seat of coniscousness.

A system, a "sentient being", is the fusion of one entity with one physical seat of consciousness.
This, then, is a sentient being. Humans are sentient beings, but likely not the only ones. The weight of evidence shows that areas associated with sentience are shared with many other animals.

Artificial intelligence will, thus, always be just that--artificial. No network of connections between computers will ever be conscious. This is a refutation of strong AI.

  • It has a beginning.
    Likely in the womb. It may be inactive (unconscious) initially, which would be significant. When it becomes active, this is when sentient life begins.
  • It has an end.
    The system is not just inactive--it has disassembled. So this is when we die. What then happens to that entity? This would be part of the system of physics set up. Perhaps he must wait until the next universe to start. Or perhaps he will be incorporated into a new system near the area of death.
  • It has a quantized input.
    This follows from the fact that the universe is quantized. Since the system exists in the universe (through the seat), it cannot deviate from the laws.
  • It has a quantized output.
    Thus there will never be a way to output the storage of an entity, even though the start and stop time of the requested storage are quantized.
  • It must be either active (inputting and outputting) or inactive (doing neither).
    General anesthesia can bring about the inactive state. Sleeping is still active, but the input and output do not leave the brain. The ability to inactivate leaves the question as to whether the system may have to end for changes to be made to the seat and surrounding material. Perhaps the ability to be unconscious would allow for the entity to be transfered to an entirely different seat (such as a silicon computer). Such a transfer would be indistinguishable from reincarnation, except for the ability to be certain where the entity will be reincarnated. The Singularity, as hoped for by intelligent people, could be seen as the ability to do this transfer. When transfered onto a machine, it's referred to as "uploading".
  • Output is determined by the entity's storage, system input, and free will.
    This gives a general definition of intelligence. Emphasizing storage over system input and free will is the quality of intelligence--to be able to reach deeper into your past.

Only one universe can exist at a time. One follows another, with no beginning or end to the sequence.
  • It is quantized.
    Quantized means it is reducible to bits of data. It must be quantized in both space and time. At least one theory, "quantum loop gravity" as described in Scientific American, postulates just this.
  • It begins when an entity receives input.
    This is known as a strong anthropic principle.
  • It ends when no entity can receive input any longer.
    This allows for heat death as well as a big crunch. There need not be a singular moment where the universe ends. At the point where the deterministic rules show that no system will ever become active, it ends. A heat death is more in line with predictions from this philosophy. A big crunch could allow for the possibility of infinite cycling in this universe.
  • It has musical rules of physics that are both determinate and bidirectional.
    By being determinate and bidirectional, it is possible to take the universe in either direction of time. However, the actions of entities can break this. It is not possible to predict the future when it depends on the output of an entity.
    These rules make no special exception for entities. They have to act through physical seats, which in turn obey the same laws as rocks. There is no psychic spoon bending.
  • It has a system of managing how entities get coupled to seats.
    This is the only place where the rules may draw on randomness (provided by God). In order to match an entity with the first seat, it will have to be randomly selected. The rules of the universe cannot draw upon entity storage, which is the only way they differ. Later on, the rules may apply randomness in addition to deterministic rules but only for the selection of entities.

    Perhaps one universe will allow only one entity in, and will end upon the death of the system of that entity.

  • It cannot effect or be effected by other universes.
Our Universe

Our universe is one of an infinite many, each strung back to back along time. Of high importance is the system of transferring entities around. One hypothesis is that it is tied to the speed of light. Upon death, the entity establishes an expanding light sphere. When a new being needs an entity, it will first check if it is in the sphere of influence of any entities. If it is, it will choose randomly (randomness provided by God) between them. Otherwise, it will draw from entities that have not taken part in this universe. If neither is available, the seat must go unfilled. Here lies a prediction. At some point, we may find a limit to the creation of new sentient beings. All the entities are already in the universe, and there are a limited amount of spheres of influence. Birth rates for all sentient beings would be tied to death rates.

A plausible story of the Beginning

I. In the beginning there was Love. All ideas, in all their forms are here. So are numbers, and all relations between them.
Information wants to be free, and it already is. It exists outside of time. This very piece you are reading exists outside of time.

II. Love created two beings.
Solitude wanted to create just one being. But Love was the stronger, and prevailed.

III. The two beings create God.
It is not Love who needs God, but the two beings. Love could stand an eternity, but the two created beings could not. They needed a third to change things around. That third being could not love, however, as this would lead to jealousy.

IV. God projects the two beings into a larger, yet even, number of conscious entities.
What is this number? The significance must be abstract, as this was done "before" any particular rules of physics were laid down. This also leads to a prediction. What if we suddenly find that there is some limit to the number of sentient beings?

The consequence remains that we seek variety in others. The male sex drive perhaps harnesses this essential aspect of all entities.

V. God randomly sets up a qualifying ruleset of physics and starts a universe. Whenever one ends, another is set up and started.
God does not interfere after starting each universe. Thus this is a deist philosophy.

Yay! I'm normal! (1)

webslacker (15723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994516)

Spending 12 hours in a chatroom! IM'ing all my friends (I don't know what any of them look like) several times a day! Connecting myself to Kevin Bacon (takes eight degrees for now) on Friendster!

I just KNEW someday someone would vindicate me and tell everyone that these were not anti-social activities!

question (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994518)

what if i have a TV tuner card in my computer and watch tv as i use it, does that count as both or just one.

We need a new goatse guy! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994522)

I'm sure you've all heard the sad story so I won't waste your time. Here are my nominations for the new goatse site: Gross! [dolphinsex.org] Jelly-Man [rotten.com] Hot Linux chicks [consumptionjunction.com]

Liars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994525)

Who is really going to answer 'I sit unwashed in a darkened room masturbating and hitting refresh entirely too often.'

Just Think. (1)

SomeOtherGuy (179082) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994530)

Only about 10,000 /. users could have told you this was a "the old one was not even cold yet" dupe. I say we donate about 5 bucks apiece to a paypal account -- and send one of the 10,000 all of the stories 10 minutes before you post....and we can work as the new /. "dupe bot" cluster.

But.. (1)

Transcendent (204992) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994536)

often forgetful [slashdot.org] of where they've already been. ;)

Why is this surprising? (3, Interesting)

kaiwainz (739019) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994539)

For me, I maybe lucky to watch 1hour of TV at night, and that is *if* I am lucky whilst on the other hand I would much rather prefer surfing the net, looking for news that interests me and possibly chat to a few friends.

I completely agree with the UCLA, the people I find that are the *least* socially active are those who are couch potatoes where as for me, I'm able to surf for the information I want, get it straight away then go off and do something else where as if I watch TV, I would have to sit through ads, a couple of feel good news stories just to get to the news story that I could be interested in.

With that being said, however, yes, there are people on the internet who hide behind their computer screen, too scared to face the world so instead they create a whole new persona specifically for "online communication".

Now sure, Internet is great for communication, however, like any form of communication, one has to take it in moderation. Simply restricting yourself to online friendships is neither healthy or longterm.

Now, if we all lived in isolated vacuums then I am sure it wouldn't be so bad but unfortunately these people take their anti-social leanings into work, the net result? you end up with a handful of possibly talented employees but can't work together with others to solve problems.

In IT we spend WAAY to much time worrying about skills when what the concerntration an universities and other training institutions ensuring that balanced people are graduated who not only know their "stuff" but also have the soft skills required for work that requires close colaboration.

n07 m3 (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994541)

Also interesting is how net users watch less television than their offline counterparts.

I don't know about everyone else, but thanks to my handy TV tuner, I have a tendency to watch TV (or pre-recorded shows) while chatting and surfing the net. I'm three time as efficient at wasting time than most!

What about.... (1)

TheWart (700842) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994542)

Does it say anything about internet users posting more dupes than non-internet users?

I WANT TO PUT MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE (-1, Troll)

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I WANT TO PUT MY POO POO IN YOUR PEE PEE HOLE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994582)

n/t

Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a dupe out of my hat! (1)

87C751 (205250) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994544)

Again? [slashdot.org]

Its better to be anti social. (1)

Adolph_Hitler (713286) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994545)

Why waste your time with ignorant people? Most people are ignorant and stupid. Its annoying to even be around most people. Why be social?

"Internet Users Are More Social Than Non-Users"? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994564)

Go to he-- er, wait, are you sure that's not anti-social?

That's not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7994579)

Internet users in China report an average of 7.7 online friends who they have never met in person -- more than twice as many as any other surveyed country.

Now I know that people from Southern China are generally shorter than average, but that decimal count was uncalled for.

Ironic /. poll? (1)

utlemming (654269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994585)

Has anybody else noticed the irony of this letter and the /. poll today -- your greatest failing as a nerd.

It was somewhat embaressing as my room mate looked at the poll and then said, "You can't check a single one, can you." Yup, it was a said day when a /. poll did not have an option to be a complete nerd.

One the flip side it was rather interesting about the fact that they said that the internet has no social benefit. It is rather awkword in the wording and was very ambiguious. It seems to say to me that the internet is not considered a reliable source of information -- maybe it is my University, but I am encouraged to do my political science research on a computer so that I can get the latest up-to-date information.

Oh well...

and in other news.... (1)

mercuryresearch (680293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994590)

recognizing this as a dupe indicates that you have a well-developed social life!

television (0, Troll)

mabu (178417) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994591)

99.9% of television is crap. You'd live a healthier life by stuffing food up your butt and trying to shit out your mouth. It's nice to know that Internet-savvy users are more aware of this than most of the moron populace.

Better than TV (1)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994604)

I'm going to ignore the whole dupe thing and attempt to actually reply. My family usually expresses dismay at how much time I spend on my computer. My usual rebuttal is if I wasn't on the computer, I'd be watching TV, and personally I think using a computer is MUCH more intellectually stimulating than watching television.

69%?? (1, Funny)

achurch (201270) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994613)

So why is it I can't seem to locate any of this supposed 69% of women on the Internet?

Oh, I know--they're using a different Internet! I feel much better now.

Less TV == more social (1)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994617)

Considering that the average American watches four hours of television per day [centredaily.com], I'm not sure the average person has much time left for socializing. Anything that reduces the amount of TV watched, including using the Internet, is likely to improve how social that person is.

Not me (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994624)

I have social anxiety disorder so that may be the reason.

I stayed in my house for over 3 years before I got help and then finally got a job and I'm a little better but i still like staying home. I dont think I've ate out in like 7 years.

I also watch a lot of TV, while online with my tv tuner card =P

Guess the study doesn't apply to me

Social? (4, Funny)

newt_sd (443682) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994665)

How social can it be I have read this in eight different online news sources already!!

more social or more desperate? (5, Funny)

cribb (632424) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994667)

Obvious computer Geek walks into local mall wearing a t-shirt, and after getting lost and fighting a bit with himself decides to actually talk to the shop assistant:
Hi, where's the computer dept
Assistant:
Third floor, on your right
Geek:
Oh, do you know if they sell Netgear LN-234STs over there?
Assistant:
Sorry, you should ask the computer dept. people about that
Geek looks at assistant's t-shirt:
Do you know that thinkgeek sell a t-shirt just like this one, with "all your base are belong to us" written on it

Assistant looks at Geek and walks away as fast as possible.

Geek goes to the computer dept. and immediately finds other geeks talking about the new iPod, joins in in their conversation, and together they flood the assistant with questions about the technical specs of all the mp3 players around, and keep trying to persuade him that the iRivers are better because they are firmware upgradeable to support OGG/Vorbis.

A few days later, assistant fill in poll about computer users, and in the Comments section fills in:

They ask a lot of questions, talk way too much, and never buy anything. and what's with this
"Does it run on linux" question, what is Linux in the first place?


A few days later slashdot story appears, claiming that geeks are more communicative than other people.

new type of socializing? (2, Insightful)

LuxFX (220822) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994679)

I agree with the study -- but you do have to consider chat rooms, discussion boards, etc. to be socializing. And I do think they are, but it's a new type of socializing.

I am an introvert. I'm happy to be an introvert. I hate going places with lots of people, and I tend to be the quiet one if I'm ever in a group of people. But I do a lot of discussion boards. The amazing thing is that online socializing does not mess with my introversion. I'm comfortable submitting comments to discussion boards where I wouldn't be comfortable speaking out at a get-together.

So maybe the stereotype is right AND the study's results are right. Maybe it is our definition of being social that is being put under the microscope.

What qualifies as "Internet Use"? (1)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994680)

Also, what quantifies "internet use"? For this study, I'm assuming that means time spent in front of a web browser. Does ssh'ing into a linux box halfway across the world count? What if it's across the same city? What if it's under my desk? Does checking email count? What if I download my email and read it offline? What if I print out my email and then read it? (no, I don't do this, but I know execs that do) What if I'm at my computer, playing nethack, but I'm signed into Trillian?

No big surprise (2, Interesting)

Do not eat (594588) | more than 10 years ago | (#7994700)

I used to be an anti-social geek until I discovered the internet. Upon discovering how easy it is to communicate with people when not face to face, I learned to like people and interact with them. I was able to hide any apprehension, and by subverting this I gained real confidence in myself. This of course translated over well to the real world, and now I consider myself a people person. And no one thinks I am a geek. So this article comes as no surprise to me, and I'm sure that I'm not the only person in this boat.
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