05/11/2009

Does technology increase social isolation?

This Pew Internet Personal Networks and Community survey challenges previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of new technology:
 
Americans are not as isolated as has been previously reported.  We find that the extent of social isolation has hardly changed since 1985, contrary to concerns that the prevalence of severe isolation has tripled since then. Only 6% of the adult population has no one with whom they can discuss important matters or who they consider to be “especially significant” in their life.