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The benefits of the Internet and social networking technologies will far outweigh the negatives by the year 2020, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. The study surveyed 895 technology leaders and critics, with 85 percent of the respondents saying that the Internet will be a positive social tool in their lives in the next 10 years. Fourteen percent disagreed with that statement.

Those who noted the positive effects cited how the Internet and social networking technologies have reduce the cost of communication.

"They said "geography" is no longer an obstacle to making and maintaining connections; some noted that internet-based communications removes previously perceived constraints of "space" and not just "place," the report noted.

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