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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.
S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director
Department of Sociology 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388
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Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:17:19 -0400
From: Pew Internet & American Life Project <[log in to unmask]>
To: Barry <[log in to unmask]>
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: Social networking sites and our lives
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 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
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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