The Internet Actually Makes People Happier
Research links web use to well-being, especially in women
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2010 6:53 AM CDT
'But it's good for me!'   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Turns out the hours you spend online might be helping, not hurting, you. Research from Britain's Chartered Institute of IT finds a link between internet use and well-being. "Put simply, people with IT access are more satisfied with life," one researcher tells Time. "IT has an enabling and empowering role in people's lives, by increasing their sense of freedom and control."


The link between internet use and happiness is particularly pronounced among women and other disadvantaged groups, the study finds. Technology matters most, it seems, to those who are most isolated. "IT gives them communication with the outside world, access to networks and so on," one expert says. This is particularly important in areas where "telephones and transport are far from ideal or reliable." Does that mean video games are ok too?

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hammer68
May 15, 2010 7:01 PM CDT
The internet has made people LESS SOCIABLE!!! No one speaks with anyone anymore. Instead, they pull out their pc's, their cell phones, and every other texting device available, and send e-mails and text-messages instead of actually TALKING with another person. How many of you can actually say that you have hosted (or even been to) a neighborhood cookout in the past 20 years??? Almost no one has!!!! Why not?? Because the internet has made it so that you no longer even know your next-door neighbors' names. This "study" is a fallacy!!! If you want happier, friendlier people, take their computers away and force them to read books, speak with their neighbors, have/go to parties, and be sociable again. Like we were BEFORE the internet.
h4te
May 14, 2010 5:31 PM CDT
its simple: women are considered inferior
followupnewsnetwork
May 14, 2010 3:06 PM CDT
"Knowledge is the ultimate power"