Since it’s been at least two weeks since the last survey dealing with the use of the web by Americans, we’re pretty much due for another. And here it is.
This one, conducted by the polling firm Zogby International and paid for by something called 463 Communications, offers more than a few disturbing bits to consider.
More than half of the people they asked thought that the government should have some kind of control over internet content such as video.
But only 36% of them thought that government regulation of online material would violate the constitution.
Almost 25% of those asked believed electronic tagging of kids to keep track of their movements was a good idea.
And 11% would “be willing to safely implant a device [in themselves] that enabled them to use their mind to access the Internet”, many more men than women.
While many people say they’re afraid of having their identity stolen while online, more than 25% of the respondents have a profile on a social networking site like MySpace, rising to 78% of the 18-24 year olds.
And more than 20% of them would be willing to sell their identity outright for 100 grand.
So, what can we conclude from these findings? Who knows? But the Ars Technia report on this poll asks a couple of great questions.
Does that make us, collectively, a crazy-ass country? Or does it say something profound about the current state of polling?
The optimist in me wants to believe the later.