Facets of Life in Cyberspace Revealed

February 11, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Social networking has always been part of many of us – an integral part indeed. So, is life in the cyberspace the same as the real life? The Pew Research Center report provides some of the answers.

According to the report, 85 percent of social-network-using adults deduced from social media that people are mostly kind, while at the same time almost half of them said they have seen mean or cruel behavior displayed by others at least occasionally.

Also, 26 percent of respondents said that they have had at least one of the bad experience outlined in the survey as the result of social networking, including the ending of a friendship (15 percent); face-to-face argument or confrontations (12 percent); a problem with family (11 percent); and serious issues such as physical fights or trouble at work (6 percent).

People are not always at their best on social networks. As much as 13 percent of adult social network users said that they were the recipient of mean or cruel treatment on a social-networking site in the past 12 months. Five percent even portrayed people on the social networking sites as mostly unkind.

Facebook ruled the report as it does the world, with 87 percent of the survey’s participants being active members. Also, 55 percent said that they visit their social-networking site at least once a day.

The survey was done via telephone interviews with 2,260 adults, age 18 or older, on both landlines and cell phones last year from July 25 to August 26.

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