British youngsters prefer online advice to parents

LONDON Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:34pm IST

Related Topics

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Young people in Britain turn to the internet to look for help with personal problems rather than seek advice from their parents or friends, according to a survey released on Thursday.

Nine-tenths of the 1,000 under 25s told the survey for national free helpline Get Connected that they had used the Web to search for help in solving a personal problem.

Only one third said they would turn to their mother to discuss a problem, while just one in 20 would speak to their father. Half said they would be likely to speak to a friend.

The poll, carried out by Maximiles Surveys also showed that more than half of young people who turned to the internet to search for help with a problem said that the online information actually made them more worried than they were before.

"As a society we have become increasingly reliant on the internet as a first point of reference for a lot of information, and it is crucial that we make Britain's young people aware of exactly where they can turn to for dependable information and support," said Andrew McKnight, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Get Connected.

(Reporting by Valle Aviles Pinedo; Editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

ALIBABA IPO

Reuters Showcase

New Device

New Device

Facebook's Oculus unveils new virtual reality prototype device.  Full Article 

Slow Rollout

Slow Rollout

Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges - report.  Full Article 

CEO Watch

CEO Watch

When music stops for Oracle CEO dance, Catz may grab Ellison's chair - analysts.  Full Article 

New iPhones

New iPhones

Apple faithful line up for latest, larger iPhones  Full Article 

Cutting Jobs

Cutting Jobs

Microsoft lays off 2,100 as part of earlier job cut plan.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage