A British research report claims to have identified millions of network dropouts. A US study, on the other hand, expects "substantial" Productivity gains from the Internet – in the amount of "a whopping" 0.25 percent
28 million surfers in the U.S. and two million in the U.K. are already fed up with the Net, according to the Virtual Society, a research group paid for by the British government. The American Brookings Institute, on the other hand, ames that the economic advantages of the Internet will only have an impact in the future and that the network revolution will take place after all. However, more modest than previously expected by many market analysts.
It was a shock for all net euphorics, what came out of the research laboratories of the Virtual Society: Their report "Profile 2000" which summarizes the results of surveys conducted by a total of 76 researchers at 22 universities in England, Holland, Denmark and the United States, says that despite all the cyberhype, the impact of the Internet on society is much smaller than expected.