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Three quarters of people believe British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, uses email. A quarter believes Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (gawd bless 'er) also uses email, according to a survey by the thinkers at the Industrial Society.

Yet Mr Blair is a well-known all-fingers-and-thumbs technophobe and the Queen...well let's just say her use of e-mail is limited.

If that's the case, why the anomaly?

Well, that's exactly what the Industrial Society is trying to find out as part a lengthy study into the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) on all our lives.

In the case of Mr Blair - who topped the poll with Prince William - it appears there is a perception that important people use email and ICT when there might be no evidence to support this.

According to the experts, iSociety will enable myths about ICT to be debunked and cut through the "schizophrenia that surrounds the debate over ICT".

It will seek to get to the bottom of such widely held beliefs that ICT is ruining relationships and creating unbearable stress at work. Alternatively, it will see if there is any truth in the belief that ICT offers a panacea to all our problems. ®

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For more information, check out the Industrial Socitey's Web site at www.indsoc.co.uk/futures/ ®

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