The Internet rules.
In a May 2000 study, Pew Internet & American Life Project, determined that on the average, 55 million Americans connect to the Internet every day and 48 million of them read or send e-mail messages.
"Letters," said writer John Donne, "mingle souls."
And there's a lot of soul mingling going on: Cyveillance, a provider of automated Internet research, discovered that the worldwide web grows by 7 million pages every day. In 2000, the U.S. and Canada had 157.24 million users, much more than Europe's 90.22 million.
According to Internet statistics expert Media Metrix, women rule the Internet. In 2000, the number of women online surpassed the number of men for the first time. The most dramatic increase occurred with teenage girls 12-17. Their use of the Internet grew by 126.3%.
"Human beings are human beings. They say what they want, don't they?" asked comic Dennis Miller. "They used to say it across the fence while they were hanging wash. Now they just say it on the Internet."