Someone who finds the internet scary is someone who doesn’t know what they are really doing, I believe. To findout what the average person thinks, japan.internet.com reported on a survey conducted by Cross Marketing Inc into internet scariness.
Over the 28th and 29th of November 2007 300 members of the Cross Marketing online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, and 20.0% in their teens, 20.0% in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, and 20.0% in their fifties.
With decent virus software and just a little common sense, viruses can be almost completely avoided, although running things like Explorer and Outlook (a sin around 70% are guilty of) does make life a little more interesting on line… A follow-up question would have been to find out how many people had actually suffered from the dangers in Q1SQ, for instance.
Q1: Do you think that these days the internet is a scary thing? (Sample size=300)
Very scary (to SQ) 8.0% Scary to some degree (to SQ) 69.3% Not very scary 18.0% Not scary at all 4.7%
Q1SQ: What sort of things make you feel the internet is a scary thing? (Sample size=208, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage Viruses, hacking, and other attacks 188 81.0% Leaking of personal data 188 81.0% Libel 119 51.3% Internet addiction 44 19.0% Other 9 4.3% No particular reason 7 3.4%
Q2: Compared to a year ago, how scary is the internet now? (Sample size=300)
Scarier than last year 20.3% As scary as last year 66.3% Less scary than last year 12.0% Didn’t use the internet a year ago 1.3%