***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Dear Folks, As network researchers, we should TRY to get the media to note that different types of relationships might create different structures and patterns. The "important matters" question doesn't measure friends or "people you saw or spoke to once a week"....it measures very, very close ties, including a large number of kin. (I know that a lot of media outlets reported the 2006 results as "friends": one can only lead them in the right direction.....they don't always follow ;-) A plug for the GSS: the "important matters question" is being asked again in the 2010 survey (now in the field), with a carefully designed survey experiment that will measure context effects (which are bound to be large). We'll know a lot more about that particular type of network after these new data come in. Having data on the same type of networks at several points in time is the only way that we'll learn about these patterns. Kudos to Wang and Wellman for doing that with their question. More context/measurement studies would also be great. Cheers, Lynn S-L On Mon, 26 Jul 2010, Barry Wellman wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Nice that the word is -- finally -- getting out. > Dr DePaulo also has a longer version in Psychology Today. > My expectation is that HuffPo will get more media play > Barry Wellman > > See below: > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:03:02 -0700 > From: Bella DePaulo <[log in to unmask]> > To: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask] > Subject: thanks for your important work > > So good to see that myth of growing social isolation getting debunked: > > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bella-depaulo/americans-have-more-frien_b_658903.html > > --Bella DePaulo > > _____________________________________________________________________ > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send > an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line > UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. > Lynn Smith-Lovin Robert L. Wilson Professor of Arts and Sciences Department of Sociology P.O. Box 90088 Duke University Durham, NC 27708-0088 520-909-8924 (cell) 5999 N Canyon Rd Cascabel AZ 85602 land line 520-212-2376 "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953, as the Korean War was winding down. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.