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There are of course by now many reports on this issue, some using prior Pew 
data, others using GSS and other datasets; and a good half-dozen edited 
books by now.  Those interested in this enduring issue of relationships 
between Internet use and, well, relationships, might also want to look at 
Katz, J. E. & Rice, R. E. (2002).  Social consequences of Internet use: 
Access, involvement and interaction.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
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Ronald E. Rice
Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication
Dept. of Communication
Incoming President of the International Communication Association
Co-Director, Center for Film, Television and New Media
University of California
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From: "Stanley Wasserman" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 2:22 PM
Subject: Fwd: Pew Report on Social Networks


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> My friend Connie Porter at Notre Dame (she writes with me for
> Centrality --- http://www.centralityjournal.com )
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> Our own Barry Wellman is one of the authors on this.
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> The website of the full report is given below in this
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>> From: [log in to unmask]
>> Date: January 25, 2006 4:51:58 PM EST
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>> Subject: Fwd: Pew Report on Social Networks
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>> You might find this report interesting....
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>> ----- Forwarded message from Amanda Lenhart 
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>>     Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 16:10:47 -0500
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>>  Subject: Pew Report on Social Networks
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>> The Pew Internet & American Life Project today released a report
>> describing how the internet improves Americans' capacity to maintain
>> their social networks and how they gain a big payoff when they use the
>> internet to activate those networks to solicit help.
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>> The report is based on two surveys and finds that the internet and  email
>> expand and strengthen the social ties that people maintain in the
>> offline world. The surveys show that people not only socialize online,
>> but they also incorporate the internet into their quest for  information
>> and advice as they seek help and make decisions.
>>
>> Disputing concerns that heavy use of the internet might diminish
>> people's social relations, the report finds that the internet fits
>> seamlessly with Americans' in-person and phone encounters. With the  help
>> of the internet, people are able to maintain active contact with  sizable
>> social networks, even though many of the people in those networks  do not
>> live close to them.
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>> The report, "The Strength of Internet Ties," highlights how email
>> supplements, rather than replaces, the communication people have with
>> others in their network.
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>> The full report is available at:
>> http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/172/report_display.asp
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