2096 respondents answered questions about online use in a UCLA survey.
The Center for Communication Policy at the University of California evaluated what users do online, how they use and trust the Internet, how the Internet affects communication patterns and what social and psychological effects ensue.
‘’Historically, Americans have been quite concerned about their privacy,”says Jeffery Cole, the director of the center for communication policy at the University of California.
“But those concerns focused on government intrusion in their lives. Concerns about privacy are quite different and focus directly on perceptions of private companies collecting information and tracking our movements on the Internet,” added Cole The center organized the World Internet Project, and the National Science Foundation is the sponsor of the project. The report is part of a multilayer study of how the Internet is affecting American behavior and attitudes.
It shows that:
• More than two-thirds of Americans have some type of access to the Internet.
• More than 54.6 percent use email.
• 51.7 percent of Internet users make purchases online.
• Nearly two-thirds of users (66 percent) and nearly half of nonusers (49.3 percent) believe that new communication techniques have made the world a better place.
There were 2,096 respondents to the study and the respondents were Internet users and nonusers.