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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Assessing the Risks

Searching and browsing is how we all navigate online, and, as evidenced by research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shown in Table 12-1, it has become a critically important way for us to get the information we need.

Table 12-1. The Growing Role of the Internet in Decision-Making

Number of Americans for whom the Internet was crucial or important at major moments (in millions)

Activity

2005

2002

Gotten additional training for your career

21

14

Helped another person with a major illness or medical condition

17

11

Chosen a school or college for yourself or your child

17

12

Bought a car

16

13

Made a major investment or financial decision

16

11

Found a new place to live

10

7

Changed jobs

8

7

Dealt on your own with a major illness or other health ...

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