boer Krelis schrijft dat er een onderzoek is geweest waarbij ze 3500 mensen hebben gevraagt of ze internet hadden en of ze een dag geleden nog een vriend bezocht hadden. Wat blijkt: van de mensen met internet had 72% nog iemand bezocht en de mensen zonder maar 61% :
Internet users are not sad and lonely social misfits but actually visit and contact relatives and friends more frequently than those who live their lives offline.
The results contradict other surveys which have found that using the internet encourages social isolation.
But Dr Adam Joinson, a psychologist at the Open University, told BBC News Online that the results of the study backed up research he was carrying out into the social effects of internet use.
[...] In February a survey conducted by Stanford University psychologists found that regular surfers neglect friends and family to spend time online. The study showed that the more hours people use the Internet, the less time they spend in contact with real human beings.
But the results of the Pew Internet survey imply the opposite. It found that the more ways people have to communicate with friends and families, the more often they do so. The survey found that internet users do not just e-mail friends more, they also tend to phone or visit them more regularly.
Lee Rainie, the Pew project's director, said e-mail did not bring families and friends closer together because they already knew each other well. He said the important finding was the increase in contact that net use promoted.