Has the internet turned us into a nation of solitary net surfers? Has email reduced the amount of time we spend with family and friends? Some would say so. But according to a recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life project, the internet and email play an important role in maintaining social networks. Email does not seduce people away from in-person and phone contact, and Internet users have somewhat larger social networks than non-users. Sixty 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 past two years.
Pew/Internet report overturns some assumptions