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Love the Internet, just don’t LOVE the Internet?

A new poll from Zogby provides interesting insights into our use of and feelings towards, the Internet.

The Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes poll found that 24% of Americans said the Internet could serve as a replacement for a significant other. Not surprisingly, the percentage was highest among singles, of which 31% said it could be a substitute. There was no difference among males and females but there was a split based on political ideology. Thirty-one percent of those who called themselves “progressives” were open-minded to the Internet serving as a surrogate significant other while only 18% of those who consider themselves “very conservative” would consider it a substitute.


But wait, there’s more.

Most Americans don’t think the Internet has had an effect on their spirituality. Ten percent said it made them closer to God, while 6% percent said it made them more distant. Those who call themselves “Born Again” were the most likely to feel it affected them spiritually. Twenty percent of Born Agains said it made them closer while 11% said it made them more distant from God.

And my favorite, of course:

Despite the hype surrounding the launch of the iPhone and the adoration that its biggest fans hold for the device, people still find other people more attractive. When asked who or what is sexier, the vast majority of Americans don’t think the Apple’s phone gets their blood flowing like Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson, or Patrick Dempsey does. In the face-off of good-looking stars versus smart-phone, Berry dropped the most jaws with 27 percent of the responses. Johansson got 17% and Dempsey 14 percent. The iPhone shared a spot with Derek Jeter at 6%. It hasn’t been a good year for the Yankees. (31% were too flummoxed to answer.) Johansson was the favorite of those age 18 to24 (30% ), but Berry was selected the most by every other age group.

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posted October 30, 2007 at 8:19 pm

OK, the iPhone is less sexy than Halle Berry, but Ms. Berry has never hung onto my belt (so far.) Love the one you’re with, I reckon.

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posted October 30, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Doug, you mean you actually hang your IPHONE on your belt? How did I get involved with such nerds. But, in high school, I dated the president of the sliderule club. So, I guess it is inevitable that I would find this blog. My husband – nerd ( he wears a phone, two beepers on his belt). My kids – nerds. We watch the book channel all weekend when it rains – we’re that boring. Better run – there is some terrific show on National Georgraphic tonight.

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Larry Parker

posted October 30, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Those young ‘uns have good taste with Scarlett ;-P (Props to Halle too, of course.)
BTW, I’ve heard over the years there is ongoing research about how to build computerized companionship that is, uh … how do I say this within the PG-13 JW posting rules? … WAY more intimate than the type sought by a guy hanging around the Vivid Video Web site at 3 a.m. Think this movie, plugged in and on steroids:
(David, sorry to mention porn on a Christian blog, but if you read between the lines, that’s really part of what this survey was getting to … don’t you think?)
Why haven’t they done it yet? (Bad pun, I know.) It’s not due to the other, um, technology. Apparently, it’s a bandwidth issue. (Yikes.)
A VERY scary thought. I hope, if that Brave New World ever came about (and technology being technology, it very well may), the poll result wouldn’t be 31%, or even 3.1% or 0.31%, in that case.

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posted October 31, 2007 at 6:45 am

Oooh, Thinker! Was it the Archimedes bio? The bathtub scene is scandalous!

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posted November 1, 2007 at 9:43 am

If religion and pets can substitute for a “significant other” (a phrase I loath), why not the Internet? Maybe it’s a bit sad, or perhaps pathetic in the modern view, to substitute relationships with objects of religious devotion, or animals, or machines, for intimate relationships with other people, but it’s nothing new. This impulse was at the heart of monasticism, and there is a long history of secular hermitism.
Really, the problem with technology is that it connects us together too much, and in unsatisfying ways. I’ll take good meal with a good girl friend over all the cell phones and televisions ever made.

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