2. In 1998, fewer than 10% of Europeans were connected to the Internet, as against nearly 25% of Americans. In June 1999, just 60 million Europeans were using the Internet, as compared to more than 80 million in the United States, which has a much smaller population than the European Union. Far more Finns and Swedes were connected to the Internet than Americans; but the picture was very different in the southern half of the EU, and more particularly in Greece and Portugal.
3. People who use the Internet cut themselves off from family and friends, diminish their social lives, and become isolated and lonely. The Internet could be the ultimate isolating technology that further reduces our participation in communities even more than television did before it.
4. Internet is really an instrument of information and communication only within a socio-cultural Ã©lite of a few million people and hence it is better described as a group medium rather than a mass medium.