We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I suspect that that is an exaggeration and that (except for p*rn junkies of whom there are millions) most regular internet users, such as the good sorts of folks who read Maggie's and the people we link to, have, over time, moved some of their TV, newspaper, and magazine time over to internet time.
So I hardly consider reading, getting information in a way that the reader can control and chose - plus the wonder of links and comments - to be a bad thing. It sure beats the boob tube.
In my experience, it's the internet writers and bloggers who need to watch their clocks, assuming they are not trying to make a living doing it. Writing and the gratification of instant publishing can eat up a lot of time that might be better spent weeding the garden, at the pub, watching Desperate Housewives - or nude surfing.
They must mean Friends the tv show and Sex (in the city).
I have no idea how you find friends and sex in the nightly news and local fish wrapper paper. Those two things are clearly in decline.
The folks I see at the pubs (which isn't often for me) don't look like consumers of internet OR legacy information systems. Plenty of "friends" and "sex" to be had by that crowd, and by the looks of it, no lack of customers for the local bartenders either.
This would make sense if the pubs were full of wi-fi surfing lap-gazing boozers similar to the cafes.
But my tiny slice is just a snap shot. I don't care for friends outside of work, and 15 years of marriage has cured me of needing sex. So I just surf the internet. Modern man folks.