Internet and Social IsolationPosted: November 11, 2009 | |
The Pew Internet and American Life project (who as you may notice I do tend to favour for research, they do a sterling job of always publishing new data), have just come out with another report which debunks the theory that people become isolated from face to face interactions as result of spending time online: (to which my son- if reading this- will say ‘I told you so’, as I have spent years telling him he spends too much time in his room in front of the PC!!)
This Pew Internet Personal Networks and Community survey finds that Americans are not as isolated as has been previously reported. People’s use of the mobile phone and the internet is associated with larger and more diverse discussion networks. And, when we examine people’s full personal network – their strong and weak ties – internet use in general and use of social networking services such as Facebook in particular are associated with more diverse social networks.
Here the link to their full report.