Social media can lead to people making more informed health decisions
Most of us rely on the internet on a daily basis, but did you know that it is actually good for you?
Teens can access information they find hard to talk about.
1 in 6 teens use the internet to find information about drugs, sexual health or depression.
Senior citizens who spend more time online are less depressed and more mentally active.
In the last 5 years the number of students taking online courses has increased by 96%
The Internet itself contributes 3.4% to GDP in 13 countries - an amount the size of Canada in terms of GDP.
For each job created in the high-tech industry, 5 additional jobs are created in other sectors
In 2012, crowfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion
& successfully funded 1 million+ campaigns.
More than 95% of businesses in OECD countries have an online presence, meaning improved efficiency and more ways to communicate with customers.
'The Netflix Effect' - 40% of people copy or download less due to legal streaming services such a Netflix.
In the last 10 years, Skype has connected more than 300 million people around the world.
Combined, everyone's conversations add up to 2.6 million years of Skype calls.
35% of couples married between 2005 and 2012 met online.
Divorce or separation rates are lower for couples who met online.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Communications rights should be reconceptualised for modern technology.
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