I consider that one of the most widespread usage of the Internet bears educational nature. People access online public libraries in order to find some literature. People search for belles-lettres, popular scientific literature, halfpenny horribles, classic literature, scientific literature, detective stories, culinary books, textbooks for colleges and universities and so on. Many people search materials for making different research papers, online newspapers and magazines (here Internet forces out some print editions). People attend forums, where they can ask a question or answer the questions of other participants, utilize online encyclopedias etc. Some people search information for education, others search information for commercial use. Norman N. Hie and Lutz Erbring from the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society1 have made a research, which counts 4000 respondents, and state that all surveyed Internet users were engaged into educational requests from the Internet at least once.
Many Internet users utilize Internet for entertainment – about one third part of respondents, engaged into the Stanford’s