Facebook and Myspace affect homework

The amount of time that British teenagers spend doing their homework has been affected by their use of social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, according to the results of a new survey.

The 2008 Digital Entertainment Survey illustrates how the internet has changed reading, study and work habits. Both teachers and parents will be shocked by the survey's results, and it also makes grim reading for television executives.

According to the survey, large chunks of teenagers, between 15-19, are watching less television due to the rise of social networking websites in recent years.

The explosion of digital recorders has resulted in TV viewers generally skipping or fast forwarding through the ads. As a result companies in America have been working on ads that only make sense if watched in fast forward.

The report also states that 7 out of 10 Britons admit to illegal downloading. This will put increased pressure on British internet service providers (ISPs) to actively combat illegal downloading.

The British government has warned British ISP's that if they cannot police the online piracy situation themselves new legislation will have to be introduced.

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