Survey Says

Alarming: A Lot of Young Adults Consider the Internet A Moral Influence

We're giving this one the side-eye pretty hard.
 Alarming: A Lot of Young Adults Consider the Internet A Moral Influence

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It’s election season, which explains the higher-than-usual incidence of poll-pegged stories we’re seeing in our inbox. And hey, guess what? The Internet now has cultural relevance beyond enabling politicians to send citizens pics of their junk.

And so The Atlantic wound up with a couple of interesting little factoids, as part of its massive state-of-the-union study (co-commissioned by the Aspen Institute). The most alarming? Lots of youths are letting the Internet influence their ideas about morality.

From a post summing up the results

“On a question that asked people to rank different sources of influence on their sense of right and wrong, 59 percent of people ages 18 to 29 said that social media or the Internet had a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of influence. Fascinatingly, 38 percent of Americans older than 65 said the same.”

We hate to sound technophobic, but given the amount of horrible and horrifying crap floating about the Internet, we can’t help but clutch our pearls a little at this one. It’s not all Indiegogo campaigns for bullied bus monitors out there, and frankly, it makes us wonder whether those rabbis might have a point.

Also, more than half of the 18-to-29-year-olds surveyed are under the impression that personal information shared on social media stays private. What part of “social media” isn’t clear, guys?

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