[CITASA] New report alert: Do social networking sites really make us more social? (fwd)

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Fri Jun 17 11:17:47 EDT 2011

If you agree that social networks (on and off the internet) can be 
communities, this has relevance for all 3 of the lists I have sent this 

It's a strong, major report.

  Barry Wellman

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Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:17:19 -0400
From: Pew Internet & American Life Project <info at pewinternet.org>
To: Barry <wellman at chass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: New report alert: Do social networking sites really make us more

Use of social networking sites is growing and that those who use these
    sites, especially Facebook users, have higher measures of social well-being.
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Report: [3]Social networking sites and our lives
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    Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of
    social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do
    these technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are
    there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? The
    Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project decided to examine
    social networking sites in a survey that explored people’s overall social
    networks and how use of these technologies is related to trust, tolerance,
    social support, and community and political engagement.

    This new report finds that [4]Facebook users are more trusting, have more
    close friends, are more politically engaged, and get more support from their
    friends. Additionally, Facebook helps revive “dormant” ties with lost
    connections—the highest proportion of Facebook friends is high school
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    This survey also showed that more people are using social networking sites
    – the figure is now 47% of the entire adult population, compared with 26%
    that was measured in our similar 2008 survey. Among other things, this means
    the average age of adult social networking site users has shifted from 33 in
    2008 to 38 in 2010.  Over half of all adult social networking site users are
    now over the age of 35.

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