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A survey has revealed that a majority of people in emerging and developing nations say the internet is good for spreading education. The conclusion was arrived after the survey was done in 32 countries.
A majority also views the internet as a good influence on personal relationships and the economy but offer a mixed view on other impacts.
The survey also found that internet users in emerging and developing nations have embraced socializing as their most preferred type of digital activity.
The survey found that people who have internet access are generally more positive about its influence on society. And the more highly educated people also were more likely to see the internet as beneficial.
Majorities of internet users in all countries surveyed with large enough sample sizes to analyze say they stay in touch with friends and family online through social networking sites. Many also use cyberspace for getting information about politics, healthcare and government services.
When asked about the impact of the internet on politics, 36% said the internet is good, but 30% said it was negative. Meanwhile, 42% said the web is a bad influence on morality, with 29% saying it is positive.
Among the 32 countries surveyed, the median percentage of people online was 44%.
Internet use is highest in the wealthiest of the emerging nations, particularly in Chile and Russia, where more than seven in 10 have internet access. But the US leads with 87 percent of the people using Internet.
The lowest internet rates are in some of the poorest countries surveyed.
Just 8% of Pakistanis and 11% of Bangladeshis either say they access the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone.