A psychological study of frequent Internet users indicates that they are anti-social, law-breakers who are likely to try and get out of jury service.
An Australian National University poll found that while regular web surfers were more politically engaged, but they had a “stuff society” approach to the universe.
According to AP, a frequent internet user was defined as someone who logged on more than once a day. Only 38 per cent of regular net users felt it was important to obey laws and regulations compared with those who logged on less often.
Regular net users were less willing than infrequent internet users to accept that traditional norms of citizenship such as obeying laws and regulations, serving on a jury if called and being active in voluntary organisations are very important in order to be a good citizen, the report said.
Researcher Juliet Pietsch said the internet wasn’t causing people to withdraw from society. More than 70 per cent of regular web surfers felt it was very important to help those worse off than themselves.
The internet sparked political engagement, with one in four respondents visiting the websites of political parties and candidates. Those who used the internet more frequently actually know more about politics in general, Pietsch said.