02/20/08 119 W, 1 I - + 11 - 13 Fact, Fiction, Bad Men, Internet

The Internet is a scary place, right? The boss reads your e-mail, your credit card number has already been stolen, and online predators are targeting your children. Right? A new study debunks the last item, according to researchers who study the nature of such Internet-initiated crimes. The complete paper is also available. Such findings compel the question: what other social aspects of the Internet do we exaggerate, or grossly exaggerate? And, conversely, what do we under-estimate? Regarding the latter, the impact of e-mail and messaging comes immediately to mind, and in the context of concentration in the workplace. Or at home. Or in mobile settings, with wireless. More later, and maybe some best practices.

I really have to agree at least with the ‘debunking’ of the last item. I don’t see it is as big a problem as people say, just that the few times we hear of it it is broadcast rapidly over the ‘net, CNN, etc. These ‘monsters’ have always been around- it just was not as sensationalized as it is now. It’s like mall shootings. They have been happening since there were malls. We just here about it quicker than we used to, if we used to at all. After all, how many people know about the North Hills Mall shootings from the early 70s?

I think we really want to believe there is a boogie man out there and many of us feed on this stuff…
DJ (Email) - 02/20/08 - 15:10

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