Pew study dismisses notion of internet isolation: Online world does not hamper socialisation, claim researchers

A recent study has suggest that the internet is not making people more isolated, as some have suggested.The study, performed by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, found that contrary to popular belief use of internet services has not hampered the ability of people to socialize.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2252570/study-dismisses-notion-internetAlso see:Does Technology Reduce Social Isolation?
Hundreds of daily updates come from friends on Facebook and Twitter, but do people actually feel closer to each other?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.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/does-technology-reduce-social-isolation/Internet users not isolated, survey suggests
People who use the internet and cellphones are not more isolated than those who don’t and, in fact, have larger and more diverse social networks, a new survey suggests.The study seems to refute research from earlier in the decade that suggested embracing technology comes at the expense of close personal connections.
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/11/04/tech-internet-survey-social.htmlReport: Tech use doesn’t add to social isolation
Americans’ love affairs with mobile phones and the Internet are not contributing factors to an increase in social isolation in the United States, according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.Despite the fact that more and more of us are spending time glued to screens large and small, in its study, Social Isolation and New Technology, Pew found that the contacts and connections made by using those tools don’t come at the expense of real-life relationships.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33621196/Study: Internet use leads to more diverse networks [AP]
A new study confirms what your 130 Facebook friends and scores of Twitter followers may have already told you: The Internet and mobile phones are not linked to social isolation.Online activities such as e-mail, blogging and frequenting Internet hangouts can even lead to larger, more diverse social networks, according to the study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The study refutes research earlier in the decade suggesting that people’s growing embrace of technology has come at the expense of close human connections.
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