In the Internet's High-Speed Lane

Widespread adoption of broadband access is driving new ways to meet, talk, shop, study, and work. And the under-25 set is a prime force

It has been a while since 18-year-old Abe Hassan read a book of fiction or went to bed before 10 p.m. After his parents signed up for broadband Internet access, Hassan began making daily rounds of the social-networking Web site, where he can talk to any of its 6.6 million other members. "It has been a complete transformation of my lifestyle," he says. "Now, I am up until 1 or 2 a.m. or later, because there's always someone around [on the site]."

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