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New research shows how the Internet impacts our lives

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 5:44 PM

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The advancements in technology make it easy for us to use our smartphones for everything – from using our phones to shop online to playing games using the bathroom.

The group behind the Webby Awards released a new study showing just how much the Internet affects millenials — from their online shopping habits to surfing the web in the bathroom.

Some of the numbers showed that 85% of millennials, those between the age of 18 and 34 — use the Internet for shopping and 93% use smartphones while in the bed.

An additional eight out of 10 people surveyed admitted to taking their phone with them to the restroom — most men who pass the time texting and playing games.

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93% of millenials – aduts between the age of 18 and 34 – use smartphones and other technology while in the bed.

This year, the Webby Awards — given for excellence on the Internet by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences — explored how the speedy change in technology and the world wide web is changing the way humans live on a dramatic level.

“Looking at culture, there is a dominant topic on the impact of technology,” David-Michel Davies, group chief executive for Webby Media, told the Daily News.

“Movies like ‘Her’ and television shows like ‘Black Mirror’ prove that theory.”

A survey was conducted online earlier this month, with the results coming from 15,000 entries from over 60 countries.

To show how technology impacts lives, the Webby Awards broke it down into three key elements of life:

Work

Nearly three out of four adults surveyed said that it’s likely their jobs will be affected due to the advancement of technology.

And 77% worry that not being technologically savvy will make them less likely to be hired.

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Those who grew up in the digital age seem to think differently — with nine out of 10 thinking that the Internet will provide them more jobs for which they are qualified.

Relationships

More than one-third of the younger generation said that relationships have ended because of social media and technology.iStock

More than one-third of the younger generation said that relationships have ended because of social media and technology.

When it comes to relationships, the numbers shift a little between men and women – 73% of women believe that technology will make their relationships less authentic and 71% of men agree.

But 37% of adults — both men and women — believe technology advancements will allow them to build deeper relationships than they can today.

More than one-third of the younger generation admitted to having a relationship end due to technology or social media.

Self

A majority of adults — 70% to be exact — say it’s hard to avoid looking at their phone if it rings or vibrates, making it hard to focus on personal matters.

Technology can also apparently affect your state of being — a little more than half of millennials believe they would be happier if they could use their smartphones less.

The majority of adults respect the fact that there is a time and place to use their phones.

A surprising 67% say they do not use their phones while eating dinner with family, and 65% refuse to use it in the workplace meetings.

sburt@nydailynews.com

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