|My tweet in @pewinternet's stream|
So, back to the study. Here are a few of what I thought were the most interesting findings (taken from my facebook post about the study):
- "There is no evidence that SNS users, including those who use Facebook, are any more likely than others to cocoon themselves in social networks of like-minded and similar people, as some have feared." Does this burst some of the talk about filter bubbles?
- "We found that while there had been a decline in the size and diversity of people’s closest relationships, it was not related to the use of the internet or mobile phone. In most cases use of the internet and cell phones was associated with larger and more diverse social networks." More related to this in today's interesting tweetup between social scientist Zeynep Tufekci (@techsoc) and outgoing NYT exec. ed. Bill Keller (@nytkeller), whose recent anti-social media piece caused quite a stir).
- "nearly 60% of Twitter users, 39% of Facebook users, and 36% of LinkedIn users joined within the past year"
- "Facebook is the nearly universal social networking site." wow.
- "Nearly twice as many men (63%) as women (37%) use LinkedIn. All other SNS platforms have significantly more female users than male users."
- "The largest single group of Facebook friends consists of people from high school." Why does everybody want to stalk their high school classmates?