Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

According to the latest Pew research, text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends, surpassing face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging and voice calling as the go-to daily communication tool for this age group. However, voice calling is still the preferred mode for reaching parents for most teens.  Click here for more...

Yahoo! Parenting Tips suggest that risk taking behavior in children and adolescents is directly linked to lack of parental monitoring and communication.  And in a recent Associated Press article, there is an apparent correlation between excessive text messaging and risky behavior.  Pew Internet Research reports that beyond the cell phone, more than a quarter of all teens reported using social network sites to socialize or communicate with their friends daily.  Read more...

The University of Maryland conducted a study of 200 students in which they gave up all forms of electronic communication.  Maryland journalism professor Susan D. Moeller, who was director of the study, observed that many students admitted to being "'incredibly addicted' to media." But what she found most eye-opening was the extent to which the study's participants wrote about "how they hated losing their personal connections." For the students, "going without media meant, in their world, going without their friends and family."  Read more....

Some recent Facebook stats from Econsultancy.com:

  • There are more than 3.5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, etc.) shared each week on Facebook.
  • More than 700,000 local businesses have active Pages on Facebook.
  • Purpose-built Facebook pages have created more than 5.3 billion fans.
  • 15% of bloggers spend 10 or more hours each week blogging, according to Technorati's new State of the Blogosphere.
  • About 70% of Facebook users are outside the USA.
  • More than 250 Facebook applications have over a million combined users each month.
  • More than 80,000 websites have implemented Facebook Connect since December 2008 and more than 60 million Facebook users engage with it across these external sites each month.
  • For an interesting visual perspective, check out The Blog Herald.
So, does this huge connectedness translate into more friends?  According to Read Write Web, they predict that by this time next year, social media will no longer be "social media...it will be an integrated, unquestionable component of your online and offline experience."  Read more here....

Regardless of what the platform is, the massive speed of change and adoption of new media among the 12-25 demographic is transforming our society. From whom they trust and rely on to how they perceive privacy and relationships, young people are doing things in a more open and sharing environment and this is having profound implications on how society evolves.  Read on...

The subtle side-effects for a generation that has grown up with texting and social networking sites are just now surfacing.  Researchers are questioning, for example, the meaning of the term "friend," particularly among students, where inflated numbers of superficial friends are commonplace. How could one have 300 plus friends and have all these be classed as friends? Read on...

In the latest Airwide Solutions, 31 global mobile operators were asked to predict how communication will evolve over the next five years. The study revealed that by 2015, 94% of operators believe that social networking will be the most popular form of mobile communication.  For more of this article...

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