Seeking Solace in the Internet

Times sure are tough. With what seems like countless rounds of layoffs or pay cuts and mounting financial pressures and obligations, many individuals have turned to their family members, friends — and even a higher power — for comfort and direction. But recent research reveals that a majority of Americans are actually taking refuge in an unexpected ubiquitous source: the Internet.

There was a recent study that demonstrated Americans’ reliance on the Internet, particularly during these tough economic times. In fact, a CNN article talked about how the American public would sooner give up their cell phone connections and sever their television contracts than relinquish their ability to surf the World Wide Web.

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of individuals who previously couldn’t be classified as heavy Internet users who have now shown their attachment to it by investing in home broadband connections. What’s more, not even a significant rise in Internet service prices this year has stopped those who could be categorized as “low-income Americans” from obtaining or at least maintaining their connections, as the survey showed a 40 percent rise in Internet use among that demographic.

Though this may seem a bit surprising, consider the diverse range of Internet uses that various individuals could tap into.

While more than half of all adults in the United States have been affected in some way by the economic downturn, approximately 69 percent have resorted to scouring the Internet not only to saturate their minds with the…


Deanna Hartley

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