Friday, September 14, 2007

Social networking and close friends-- again

Reuters: Social Networking Doesn’t Increase Your Close Friends. I've been trying my hardest to resist commenting on this research, but can hold my tongue no longer. This study basically confirms what we have known about friendship and the size of social networks since 1985.

The headline could have just as easily been written, Social Networking Doesn't Decrease Your Close Friends.

I know I've been ranting on this topic for a while, but researchers need to be much more careful in what they say to the press. People don't read the research, but they see this sort of stuff, and then interpret it in predictable ways. Can you see a parent telling their child, "Turn off that computer. It's no wonder you don't have any friends!"

2 comments:

Peg said...

Regardless of what social networks do or don't do for the networkers, the branders sure have moved into the game.

Higher ed is hard at it. But will a facelift do the trick?

Kevin Gamble said...

Sigh! I'm guessing the article you sent me might lead to another blog post. We'll see what emerges. TY!

Kevin