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[eccr] Europeans live life online

Fri Mar 07 11:56:27 GMT 2003

Europeans live life online
The internet is transforming the social habits of Europeans according to
a study by internet service provider AOL, which looked at the online
habits of surfers in the UK, France and Germany.

Window shopping is being replaced by work shopping, with nearly a third
of Europeans admitting to doing their online purchasing in the office.
And a third said they used the office computer to look for holidays. But
it is in the area of personal relationships that the online world is
creating the most profound change in how people behave, the study found.

One in two surfers asked someone out on a date via e-mail and excuses
such as 'I lost your e-mail' are increasingly being used to avoid
unwanted attentions. A third only provide their e-mail address when they
meet someone, compared to 19 per cent who provide their telephone
number. And more and more people are announcing life-changing news such
as the birth of a baby, a wedding or a new job online.

BBC News - March 04, 2003

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