A new survey of 1,000 Australians by social media site Facebook found that people who use the internet to share information and get help with issues such as mental health and addiction are often overlooked by other users.
Key points:More than half of Australians surveyed said the internet had been a big part of their lifeWhat’s more, many of them felt the internet centre was missing from their life, despite its growing importance.
The survey of 3,000 people was conducted between November and December.
More than half said they used the internet for online communication or sharing of information, with about half also using it for the purpose of connecting with family, friends and colleagues.
“The internet has really changed our lives,” said Dr David Caulfield, the lead researcher of the survey.
“Now, with more and more people connected via the internet, we’re more likely to connect with others who are connected and have the same values and aspirations, he said.”
That’s a very positive trend and we hope to see this continue in the future.
“We’re hoping that we can help people better understand how to get involved in the internet world and help them make better choices when it comes to online communication.”
The survey also revealed some issues that many Australians were missing from social media: more than half (52 per cent) reported feeling disconnected from their family, and 43 per cent said they were not sure if they would ever be able to communicate with family.
Dr Caulfields said the findings showed that people needed to understand the importance of the internet and its potential for personal empowerment.
“A lot of people are finding that there’s not much that they can do when it’s online, but when it is, the world is more open and connected,” he said in a media release.
“There are a lot of opportunities for people to connect online and engage with others and to be more productive and engaged with the world around them.”
And that is a very powerful experience for us all.
“Dr Caufield said people often missed out on the opportunity to build community online by not being able to connect socially with other Australians.”
This is one of the most important things about the internet: the ability to connect and make connections with other people and make new friendships,” he explained.”
I think this is one area where we can be really, really good at getting people to make new connections and to help people feel connected and to make the most of the opportunities they’re given online.
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The study also revealed that many of the Australians surveyed were missing out on opportunities to network with other members of their community, including with their school, a friend or even a family member.”
For people who are used to interacting with others in person, there are lots of opportunities to do this online, and for a lot more people, the internet can be a very valuable place to find a social network that they haven’t used before,” Dr Caulfords said.