US Internet users staying connected during sex: study
Thursday 16 September 2010
Computer security firm PC Tools late Wednesday released a study showing that nearly a quarter of US residents think it is fine to be "plugged in" to the Internet during sex.
The survey conducted by Harris Interactive also showed that 29 percent of people in the country believe it is not a problem to be connected online during a wedding and the percentage climbed to 41 percent for family dinners.
When it came to protection from computer viruses or other Internet-transmitted woes, people said they would rather change a diaper, be stuck in traffic, visit a dentist or get a colonoscopy than clean machines.
"While some of these results may seem amusing, they show that staying connected is a very serious issue to many, no matter what the circumstance," said PC Tools vice president of marketing Stephanie Edwards.
"It is also noteworthy how we entrust our computers and the Internet with our most intimate details - even if we don't have the time or inclination to worry about computer maintenance or safety."
Some 79 percent of people in the United States keep files on personal computers that they don't want family members, co-workers, employers, or friends to see, according to the survey.
Nearly half of those surveyed said they would be embarrassed if friends or relatives saw certain files on their computers or smartphones.
Men proved more concerned than women when it came to being worried about people knowing which websites they had visited, with the percentages being 18 and 12 respectively.
PC Tools made the findings available on the same day that it released a suite of software tools for protecting computers from spyware, booby-trapped websites, and other Internet perils.
"We listened to our customers and solved their biggest challenges in developing tools that are simple, effective and affordable," said PC Tools general manager Tom Powledge.
"It's really all about protection and performance minus the fluff and confusion."
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