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article By Mike DeBonisMike DeBoniIs there any doubt that a major portion of the population has become too attached to technology and technology companies?
A new study published by researchers at Johns Hopkins University reveals that Americans are becoming less trusting of tech companies and the internet in general.
The study, which surveyed more than 100,000 people across the United States, found that more than 90 percent of respondents believe the Internet is important for our lives, but they are also less trusting than they were two years ago.
The reason for the drop in trust is a result of Americans being more aware of technology and internet companies and how they interact with us, said David Wojcik, lead author of the study and associate professor of business administration at the University of Maryland.
Wojcich said that over the past few years, a growing number of Americans have become more concerned about technology companies’ track record, including a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The findings, Wojcek said, are not surprising given the rise of social media and its influence on how Americans communicate.
The internet is now an important tool for connecting with others and connecting with businesses, he said.
“There’s a very good chance that the internet has been good for us, but we’re losing that trust,” he said, adding that he is concerned that the rise in distrust in technology companies is leading to a backlash.
Wozcik said that this trend of distrust in tech companies is not just a problem in the United, but it is a trend in other countries as well.
He said that there are more and more examples of technology companies failing to meet their customers’ expectations, such as Apple, which is facing increasing legal scrutiny and is currently being sued by Apple for alleged copyright infringement.
The companies are being sued over claims that their apps do not meet the needs of Apple customers, but the court proceedings are expected to last up to a year, Wozcich added.
Wizcik says the research, conducted by his co-authors and published in PLOS ONE, will help inform future policy and legislation.
Wizzi, a technology analyst for the news site Mashable, said that while technology is not always good, it is also not bad.
“It’s about creating opportunities to grow businesses, which I think has been a key part of the economic growth of the past couple of decades,” he told CNNMoney.
The researchers looked at a number of metrics in order to understand the trends and how Americans have changed.
They found that trust in technology, the internet and the Internet of Things (IoT) is at its lowest levels in decades.
While there are certainly some issues with the way technology is used, the study found that people have a general understanding of what technology companies do, said Wojcich, who has written about the subject before.
“They’re not looking at this in terms of a dystopian future where technology is a black box and they’re not making decisions based on it,” he added.