- "Students can't even learn to speak properly to each other face-to-face. We need to get that straight before we focus on communicating online."
- "If I want to speak to someone, I'll pick up the phone or make a plan to meet them."
- "I prefer real connections."
- "Social media is making people less social. They don't go out in the real world anymore."
In the report they answer whether or not social networking hindered off line activity and interactions. The answer is clear, it most certainly does not. Not only do social networks fail to retard offline growth, they actually help users develop connections and form stronger relationships in the real world.
Here are some of the interesting stats revealed in the report.
- Only 3% of users’ Facebook friends have never met in person. While 89% of all Facebook friends have met in person more than once.
- Internet users have a much more diverse network than those who don’t use the internet.
- The average user of a social networking site has more close ties than a non-Internet user and is half as likely to be socially isolated as the average American.
- Users are more trusting of others than non-Internet users.
- Social networking users may have more of a life than non-internet users. A higher percentage of users partake in a community group, sports league or youth group than a non-internet user.
- Users are more likely to know their neighbors’ names than non-internet users