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January 27, 2006

Strength of Internet Ties

Do you think that communication via email and other activities on the Internet are taking away from more direct interpersonal communication?
This new PEW Report on Family, Friends, & Community illustrates the ways Internet usage aids in major life decisions and maintains important relationships.

Some key points:

*email supplements, rather than replaces, the communication people have with others in their network.

*internet users are more likely than non-users to have been helped by those in their networks as they faced important events in their life.

* 45% of internet users - about 60 million Americans - say the internet has played an important or crucial role in helping them deal with at least one major life decision in the previous two years. That is a 33% increase from a similar survey in early 2002.

An article about the survey: Web skeptics, take note: The sky hasn't fallen.

Info posted to AoIR listserv by Barry Wellman (one of the PEW Report authors) and Alex Kuskis.

Posted by Steph at January 27, 2006 10:49 AM


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