The Internet makes you happy.

This is a flawed and biased report that seems driven by ideology as much as the figures, especially in the (generally good but unusually appreciative) qualitative part of the report but also in the choice of questions and the curiously constructed Internet well-being index (which oddly seems to include a load of mobile technologies to help boost the positive results). For all that, the figures are interesting and suggest that, at least for a segment of the populace, toys with connections really might make people happier. Particularly interesting that it reinforces the observation that women on the whole like the social stuff, men on the whole like the flashing lights and buttons. Also interesting comparisons of different countries’ usage and the differences between new and seasoned users. It’s also a good antidote to the anti-net journalism that still exists in some sectors (curiously, especially those that thrive on sales of dead trees) that at least makes its data collection methods very clear so we can draw our own conclusions.

Address of the bookmark: http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/info-dividend-full-report.pdf

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology and teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems, of which I am the Chair. I am married, with two grown-up children, and live in beautiful Vancouver.

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