socializing online : canucks do it!
According to Ipsos-Reid, Canadians (particularly young Canadians) are a social bunch when it comes to the Internet. My antidotal offline experience has always told me that my fellow Canadians were high in social capital; it looks like the same may be true online. According to the study 42% of Canadian adults who have Internet access have participated in chat sessions on the Internet, and 32% say that they have participated in interactive gaming (the average increases dramatically for those 18â€“34). I'’m somewhat surprised by these numbers, email has long been the killer app of the Net, to see such a large number of adults using chat, IM and interactive gaming is astounding. Less surprising, and consistent with my own work, 24% of Canadian'’s have met a person offline that they first came to know online. A full 14% of online Canadians have actually dated someone they first met online. This is good news for me, social acceptance of online dating has obviously increased and my wife and I can finally drop our “big fat lie” about having met at the library! Ipsos-Reid
Tue Jan 20, 2004 @ 12:34:00 pm
instant messaging : widespread use in social networks?
There was an article in yesterdayâ€™s New York Times about the use of instant messaging between parents and children. I was surprised that the article argued that IM has become integrated into â€œthe broader fabric of the American Familyâ€. Preliminary results from the first two years of my E-neighbors study have found very little use of IM amongst middle-class adults in the maintenance of their personal support networks (including contact with children). Iâ€™m sure that the IM continues to grow in popularity, but I doubt that it has become a part of everyday communication for most parents and children. There is a very good article by Bonka Boneva and Robert Kraut in The Internet in Everyday Life that takes a detailed empirical look at parent child relationships and email use. I did like the discussion in the NYT article of local uses of IM; how spouses are using IM to communicate with each other and their children within the same home. NYT Article
Sun Jan 4, 2004 @ 12:54:21 pm