Generation Net: Do Youngsters Prefer Virtual Lives to Real World?

Generation Net: Do Youngsters Prefer Virtual Lives to Real World?from daily mail: Children are often happier with their online lives than they are with reality, a survey has revealed. They say they can be exactly who they want to be – and as soon as something is no longer fun they can simply hit the quit button.

The study also shows that, despite concerns about online safety, one in eight young people is in contact with strangers when on the web and often lies about their appearance, age and background. Researchers for children’s charity Kidscape assessed the online activities of 2,300 11- to 18-year-olds from across the UK and found that 45% said they were sometimes happier online than in their real lives.

The report – “Virtual Lives: It is more than a game, it is your life” – lays bare the attitudes of children today to the internet and includes revealing insights into how they feel when they are on the web.

One told researchers: “It’s easier to be who you want to be, because nobody knows you and if you don’t like the situation you can just exit and it is over.” Another said: “You can say anything online. You can talk to people that you don’t normally speak to and you can edit your pictures so you look better. It is as if you are a completely different person.”

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