Americans largely have viewed the internet as a positive not only in their life, but for society overall, for a long time.
But the foundation of that belief just developed a huge crack.
The Pew Research Center found that, all of a sudden, the percentage of those who say there is both good and bad online has exploded from 8 percent to 14 percent.
And virtually all of those who changed their minds came from the segment that previously believed it to be mostly good, since those who say it is a bad thing dropped from 15 to 14 percent.
“This shift in opinion regarding the ultimate social impact of the internet is particularly stark among older Americans, despite the fact that older adults have been especially rapid adopters of consumer technologies such as social media and smartphones in recent years,” the report said.
“Today, 64 percent of online adults ages