Friday, November 06, 2009

Does Technology Reduce Social Isolation? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

Interesting times; see the full article for more factoids

It turns out the size of the average American’s social circle is smaller today than 20 years ago, as measured by the number of self-reported confidants in a person’s life. Yet contrary to popular opinion, use of cellphones and the Internet is not to blame, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

In fact, people who regularly use digital technologies are more social than the average American and more likely to visit parks and cafes, or volunteer for local organizations, according to the study, which was based on telephone interviews with a national sample of 2,512 adults living in the continental United States.

Does Technology Reduce Social Isolation? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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