#Change11 Use of internet – Is it just for fun by young adults? Is it just a waste of time?

This post on the use of internet – Pew Report 53 per cent of people under 30 go online to waste time would surely draw your attention.

“The Internet is one of the greatest inventions of all time, allowing for a nearly instantaneous sharing of information that the world had never come close to previously.

But for most people under the age of 30 in the U.S., the Web is mostly a time killer, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

“Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time,” the Pew Research Center said in its report, released Friday. “On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time.”

Here in another post on young adults use of internet relating to the Pew Report:

“The trend also suggests the degree to which the Internet has become a competitor to all kinds of other leisure activities that are pursued on other kinds of media,” the report states. “Still, the competition is fuzzy because most other kinds of leisure pursuits that can be digitized – from reading to game playing to ‘watching TV’ and ‘listening to radio’ – are now available online.”

The report is based on surveys Pew conducted with 2,260 adults from July 25 to Aug. 26.”

Isn’t internet revolutionizing education?  May be in a different way, with fun and entertainment first, especially with the internet games.

Would this be also the case for young adults in other regions of the world?


1. Pew Research Report

2. Internet world statistics


3 thoughts on “#Change11 Use of internet – Is it just for fun by young adults? Is it just a waste of time?

  1. John, This post presents stereotypes about Americans. It is best to question stereotypes always. The report raises many questions for the critical reader… Who were the researchers? Perhaps this is a PEW report, or not… At any rate, researchers have assumptions and take positions on issues….(No discussion of the assumptions or position. No idea of the larger purpose or the context of this survey.). Survey data was gathered over time… looks like a representative sample… ah, but wait… what was the sample…. a Journalism survey, an Exploratorium survey… a Spyware survey? I see percentages, but how many people were surveyed? and how? Post Election survey? a Networked workers survey, E-government survey… Manual gadgets survey…Internet Spam and a “daily tracking survey?” Hmm… what does this list of sources suggest about the sampling? Hmm …. from this survey the researcher arrived at those findings…. how did that happen?… Were the respondents to the survey in 2000 the same individuals in the later surveys or were the respondents different individuals? How do you get from–“Did you check email? Do you have fiberoptics… etc. at home?” to these findings? Survey data is just one source. There is a line in the middle of this survey…. that suggests that 63% of the respondents who when on line do so to “kill time.” I have seen people going on line at airports or when riding buses… They seem to be working…and at the grocery store, they seem to be checking prices… etc. Working people do not generally stop what they are doing to complete a survey. People who work do not have time to waste on line… in any country…. Okay, so to proceed with a critical reading of the report… I wonder if any triangulation of the data occurred? Princeton Survey 2,260 adults over 18… a random sample of land line and cell phone users were called…many were called, but few (were) chosen… I wonder who chose to respond to the survey? Probably not working people … because when working people are online, they are usually engaged in some sort of work or training… … I am sure that someone understands how the sampling actually occurred….Look at that paragraph… A random digit dial (RDD)… what does this mean… Beyond data, the critical reader wants to understand what analysis took place that enabled the author to arrive at the conclusion…that was shared in this post. We need to be a bit skeptical about critical analysts of surveys and of claims, regardless of the source. This is especially true when stereotypes are generated that claim to represent a nation and its people. One good rule of thumb… put yourself in the place of the other…. you work full time… you continue your education… you learn, you share, you work hard… are you going to respond to a survey like this? When you are at home, if someone called and asked you to participate in an online interview, what would you say? Many people ask to have their phones blocked so that they do not receive these calls. If someone called your home and asked to speak with the youngest male or female at home…. and if you were the parent, how would you respond? What about paying people as an incentive for responding to a survey?
    The critical reader has many, many more questions about the report… I have work to do today, but when I have time, perhaps I will go back to PEW and see if this has been peer reviewed… Perhaps I might then examine the purpose for and context in which this report was generated?
    Now, I have work to do. Later 🙂 Mary

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