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    Are social networks really boosting our sense of personal well-being?

    A cartoon doing the rounds on Twitter on Wednesday compared the way we listen to music, watch films and read the news 15 years ago to today. Now, of course, those are all things we do alone while plugged in to a computer. Beyond the punchline, is there some truth in the assumption that despite our hyper-connectedness, we are potentially more isolated than ever?
    Research by Pew claims that online social networks do provide genuine emotional support and well-being, including advice, information and companionship. Using an established system of measuring well-being, Pew found that internet users felt it provided significant emotional support for them, particularly through social networks and particularly through Facebook.
    There's an important distinction there; it was not that they found that users of Facebook were better supported emotionally, but that they reported that they felt they were, and in two key categories of emotional support and companionship. Pew described the sensation of well-being as equivalent to around "half the boost in total support that someone receives from being married or living with a partner".
    The average American, Pew found, has 634 social ties from family and close friends to colleagues and acquaintances. But the average internet user has 669 compared to 506 for those who do not use the internet. Nearly half of all US adults, or 47% of the population, use at least one social network, and 56% of those are female.
    Facebook is by far the most dominant, used by 92% of people who engage with online social networking, with 29% (still) on MySpace, 18% using LinkedIn and 13% on Twitter. In the popular imagination MySpace might appear to be dead, yet according to Pew's research it still has more than half the user accounts of MySpace.
    Are social networks really boosting our sense of personal well-being? | Technology | guardian.co.uk

    Do you agree with that: Facebook's users are typically more trusting and feel better supported than other internet users?

    It looks propaganda to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    We humans are herd animals. It's one of those strange but true facts of life.
    Hi,

    Yep your so correct on that one. People want to feel a part of something feel they belong.

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    Wait....
    Are you all saying that facebook is the new forum????
    Hahahahahhaahhaaha....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Are you all saying that facebook is the new forum????
    Yep! Except forums tend to be topic-oriented and Facebook is less about topics and more about social connections.
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    Too funny

    I agree that social networks can enhance our sense of personal well-being. Often people may not see their friends and family for a long time. Social networks can give the feeling of being connected somehow.

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    I agree to it. Social Networking site especially facebook has now become an inseparable part of many people's life.

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