[Air-l] network size and internet use
wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Wed Jun 28 12:31:09 PDT 2006
In response to Greg Elmer's Q to the list:
Yes, people with larger networks do use the internet more.
We have only cross-sectional data. We don't know which way the causal
arrow goes -- in fact, I suspect a positive feedback loop.
larger nets > more internet use
more internet use > larger nets
See Jeffrey Boase, et al., "The Strength of Internet Ties" on the Pew
Internet website. Jan 25 2006.
See also Wellman & Hogan, et al., "Connected Lives: The Project" in
Patrick Purcell's new book (Springer), _Networked Neighbourhoods)_.
My website/publications has links to both of these pieces.
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