The Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society released on February 17, 2000, a 43-page study of the social consequences of the Internet. The study, based on surveys of 4,113 adults in 2,689 households, reaches several provocative conclusions. Among them: up to 25 percent of the "respondents who use the Internet regularly (more than 5 hours a week) feel that it has reduced their time with friends and family," and roughly the same percentage of people find that the Internet has helped increase the amount of time they spend working at home without cutting back on their hours at the office. The study has drawn fire from journalists and Internet advocates who see the data as subjective and the report's projections about the negative impact of future Internet use on social relations as unfounded.
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