Kansas City Star: Pew study says Facebook friends are real friends
Social media denizens, a common criticism goes, are cocooned in silos of homogeneous individuals, cut off from real-world relationships and apathetic about real-world concerns such as voting. But a new study of adult social-media users found just the opposite.
Results of the survey, released in June, show Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends, get more support from those friends and are more politically engaged than people who do not use the social network, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said.
•22 percent people from high school
•12 percent extended family
•10 percent co-workers
•9 percent college friends
•8 percent immediate family
•7 percent people from voluntary groups
•2 percent neighbors
Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project