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You can never trust the press on subtle data analysis questions; and the
underlying science question here is really one of how we make good
scientific sense of complex survey data -- in an age when response rates are
far from ideal, we need careful modeling. 

The best examination of this isolation question comes in the 2009 ASR
comment & reply btwn Fischer & McPherson et al. Here, the really deep issues
of accurate national survey modeling challenges -- facing all of the GSS,
frankly, not just the network questions --  is nicely examined.
 
Orig ASR paper: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30038995 
Fischer Comment:
http://www.soc.duke.edu/~jmoody77/s884/Reading/Fischer_ASRcomment.pdf 
McPherson Reply:
http://www.soc.duke.edu/~jmoody77/s884/Reading/McPherson_ASRReply.pdf 

Best
Jim Moody, Duke Sociology


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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

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Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:03:02 -0700
From: Bella DePaulo <[log in to unmask]>
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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_6589
03.html

--Bella DePaulo

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