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Which Of The Four Types Of Internet User Are You?

Caucasian friends sitting on floor using technology. Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill (Getty)

We all have our routines when surfing the internet and social media, whether it’s getting informed on the latest trends, catching up on friends’ lives or choosing to mess with people’s online work.

A new study has determined that these various behaviors across the internet neatly fit users into one of four distinct categories: the Lurker, the Geek, the Victim and the Internet Celebrity. In the new book “Researching Everyday Childhoods,” researchers studied a group of adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15 and their activity on the internet and interactions with others on social media to come up with the groups:

The scientists found that one of the key mindsets behind the users was the worry of falling into the victim category, working hard towards staying safe online and avoiding any negative experiences.

“The young people we spoke to felt a great weight of responsibility for their safety online and were often motivated by the concern of being labelled a victim,” said Dr. Liam Berriman from the University of Sussex, UK.

So, now that you know all about the four categories, which internet category do you fall best into?

h/t IFLScience


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