- A survey by Pew and Elon found that 85 percent of 895 “technology stakeholders” and pundits agreed that the Internet has mostly been a positive force in peoples’ social lives. Social benefits of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Apps will outweigh the negatives over the next decade because e-mail, social networks, and other Web services offer low friction ways to forge and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives.
- what about the impact of social software and the Internet at large on users’ social lives?
- It’s actually quite fine, according to new research from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center. Pew and Elon found that 85 percent of 895 “technology stakeholders” and pundits agreed with the premise: “In 2020, when I look at the big picture and consider my personal friendships, marriage and other relationships, I see that the Internet has mostly been a positive force on my social world. And this will only grow more true in the future.”
- the Web can lower the communications constraints of cost, geography and time while allowing people to share tremendous amounts of data.
- In short, the barrier to entry is low while the personal satisfaction derived from using the Web services is high. If this wasn’t the case, people wouldn’t go there.
- The Net is about people connecting online, for commerce, politics and personally, and we already see that enhances real-life relationships. Location-based social networking, in particular, will be a big part of our lives.” “There’s no escaping people anymore, and I believe that will yield better relationships,” said Jeff Jarvis, author of “What Would Google Do?” and associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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