RESOURCES: Measuring the Web's Reach

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Science  14 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5537, pp. 1959
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5537.1959b

Spend a lot of time surfing the Internet. Then, depending on which recent study you believe, you must be a morose, alienated loner clicking away your life in quiet desperation, or a well-adjusted, solid character with a large circle of friends. How is the Internet really shaping our lives. Researchers with the Pew Internet and American Life Project are trying to find out, using surveys, interviews, and other techniques. Along with its own 20-plus reports on topics such as the use of the Internet by Hispanics, religion in cyberspace, and downloading music, the project's Web site offers recent news clips and factoids from other surveys and studies. A well-stocked links section lists academic departments and other organizations probing everything from Internet health privacy to cybercrime. As a bonus, researchers can download raw data from the project's reports 6 months after publication.

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