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Virtual Vs. Real-World Communication Rising

Fifty-five percent of Americans communicate with their friends via the Internet, compared with real life, and 68% say they have been distracted from completing work by checking emails, browsing the Web, and engaging with social media, up 9% compared with a year ago. The 2015 survey of 5,000 U.S. adults published by a company called Stop Procrastinating found that people are more likely to spend time communicating with friends on the Internet or through social sites, text or instant messages rather than real life.

Of the 68% of people who said they had been distracted at work, 39% said it cost them an hour a day browsing the Internet at work to read an interesting article, book a holiday or a culture event, or visit an amusing Internet video Web site -- up 5% from last year. Some 7% of respondents admitted to taking a smartphone or tablet into the toilet to stream a TV program they couldn't wait to watch.

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