Americans Give Up Friends, Sex for Web Life

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By Reuters

A survey asked 1,011 American adults how long they would feel OK without going on the Web, to which 15 percent said a just a day or less, 21 percent said a couple of days and another 19 percent said a few days.

Only a fifth of those who took part in an online survey conducted by advertising agency JWT between Sept 7 and 11 said they could go for a week. "People told us how anxious, isolated and bored they felt when they are forced off line," said Ann Mack, director of trend spotting at JWT, which conducted the survey to see how technology was changing people's behavior. "They felt disconnected from the world, from their friends and family," she told Reuters.

The poll, released on Wednesday, found the use of cell phones and the Internet were becoming more and more an essential part of life with 48 percent of respondents agreeing they felt something important was missing without Internet access.

Tango’s Take
Frick. This is not a great direction to go in. Sex and friends are the reason for the interweb in the first place. It’s crazy, but some people would rather troll for sex vids or see who wants to be their friendster than have sex or hang out with their actual friends. Is this how the machines enslave us? Is this how The Matrix would go down in real life? Should we smash our BlackBerries and take back the night (and day)? This is problematic. The humans are dead.

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