The latest iteration of the internet -- deemed the "real-time web" by some analysts -- is exemplified by the obsessive use of PCs or cell phones for quick interactions and dips into the online information stream, USA Today reports. This hyper-connectedness is fueled by the rise in social media and distinguished by quick, short communication and, increasingly, an absence of privacy. More than four in five U.S. adults online use social media at least once a month, according to a new Forrester Research report. While young people march toward almost universal adoption, the most rapid growth has occurred among consumers...

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