The Internet has received more than its share of criticism from parents who condemn it as unsafe or addictive. But it's starting to seem more likely that not having the Internet is the worse option.

A new study by Oxford University's department of education has shown that teenagers without web access are actually at a serious disadvantage educationally and socially.

The National Office of Statistics has recorded that approximately five percent of British households with children are currently lacking Internet access. These offline students reported difficulty completing school assignments and not feeling included in social activities.

The study also found the problems associated with excessive Internet use, like becoming easily distracted, ultimately paled in comparison to the benefits gained from web use.

Check out the video here to learn more about the study. How much time should teens spend online?

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January 04, 2013