National Geographic : 1999 Dec
Questions on a computer screen from Survey 2000 are reflected in the glasses of 14-year old Kelsey Lutz, one of 14,334 children (with 65,678 adults) tologontothe survey-a ground breaking effort to use the Internet for social science research. PENNYDELOSSANTOS where they were born. Native Dakotans and people from Montana and Wyoming are most likely to move out of state. Mobility does not nec essarily lead to a breakdown in positive feelings about community: More than 80 percent believe that "people are kind"; 90 percent believe that they have something positive to contribute to society. On a less seri ous note: Pizza was voted the most popular food; french fries and ham burgers tied for second place; buttermilk pie and Indian pudding are at the bottom. The most recognized authors: Mark Twain, Ernest Heming way, and John Steinbeck. Stephen King was sixth, Danielle Steel 27th. In music, oldies/classic rock topped the charts, followed by classical. Dead bottom: heavy metal and rap/hip-hop. U About 7,000 U.S. children told us about themselves. Nearly 85 percent of those 13 to 15 years old worry about the environment. About 60 percent of those disagree with the statement: "All in all the world population will be better off in the next 100 years." Most would accept cuts in their standard of living to conserve global resources. U These findings are preliminary-the tip of a data ice berg. Researchers continue to study the information gathered and expect to find it a valuable resource for years to come. To view results of the questionnaires, go online to http://survey2000.nationalgeographic.com. VALERIE MAY is director of news and editorial programming for the Geographic website.