Harris Study Suggests 98 Percent of Americans Do Not Trust the Internet

  • Just how leery is the American public when it comes to information they read online?
  • A new study from Harris Interactive found that 98 percent of Americans do not trust information located on the Internet.
  • According to the survey of 1,900 respondents, 94 percent believe “bad things can happen as a result of acting on inaccurate information online.”
  • The top reasons for distrusting online content: too many ads (59 percent), outdated information (56 percent), self-promotional information (53 percent) and unfamiliar forums (45 percent).
  • “The 94 percent who worried that ‘bad things’ could happen were mostly concerned about wasting their time (67 percent),” notes Mashable. “Other fears included getting a computer virus (63 percent), losing money (51 percent), risk of fraud (51 percent) and damaging their credibility (36 percent).”

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