Face to Facebook: Technology replacing personal contact?

When Jared Whitley really wants to work without distraction, he will retreat to the one room in his house without a wireless Internet signal.

It helps him avoid the temptation to check his e-mail, log into Facebook or peruse news-oriented sites such as the Drudge Report.

"Since there are so many different ways for the Internet to entertain, inform and connect an individual, anyone can drown in this great ocean called the Internet," Whitley said in an e-mail interview.

A 2006 study from Stanford University showed nearly one out of eight Americans suffers from at least one sign of problematic Internet use. Signs include finding it difficult to keep from searching the Web, staying online longer than intended or having felt a need to cut back on Internet use.

But having a "problematic" behavior doesn't necessarily translate into addiction, social isolation or other extreme scenarios that can result from being online too much.

In fact, research shows the majority of people find that technology enhances their life and is a useful tool for both business and personal pursuits, said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which is a nonprofit and nonpartisan research group.

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