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Everyday millions of people log onto the Internet for information. With the click of a mouse, you can go into "cyberspace" and find reference material on the news, weather, sports, get help with homework, do banking, shopping, travel transactions, take classes, play computer games, visit museums around the world, send/receive messages, and more.
While the Internet is one of the most significant technological advances in the twentieth century and has the capacity to materially affect people's lives in a positive manner each day, it also is a vast technological jungle filled with all kinds of lurking dangers
Much of the drop in blogging among younger internet users may be attributable to changes in social network use by teens and young adults. Nearly three quarters (73%) of online teens and an equal number (72%) of young adults use social network sites. By contrast, older adults have not kept pace; some 40% of adults 30 and older use the social sites in the fall of 2009.
Additionally, teens ages 12-17 do not use Twitter in large numbers – just 8% of online teens 12-17 say they ever use Twitter, a percentage similar to the number who use virtual worlds. This puts Twitter far down the list of popular online activities for teens and stands in stark contrast to their record of being early adopters of nearly every online activity
However, even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group. "We often look to younger generations to see where technology use might be headed in the future," lead author Amanda Lenhart noted. "People under 30 have often been in the vanguard of internet and cell-phone use, and it will be interesting to see how much of their enthusiasm for new gadgets is a time-of-life issue, and how much will ripple through the broader culture in the coming years.