Social Isolation and New Technology

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    Hour 2

    About 74% of American adults use the internet. Does our use of the net and mobile phones isolate us more or does it bring us together? A new survey says online social networks create better-connected, more engaged citizens. We’ll talk to KEITH HAMPTON and LEE RAINIE, authors of a new Pew Internet and American Life Project. Their research found internet users who maintain online social networks have larger and more diverse social connections than those who do not. We’ll also call out to JIM TAYLOR, PHD, a psychologist who thinks online communities are great for sharing common passions and ideas, but is concerned virtual friendships can miss out on three dimensional ‘real’ relationship development.
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