Pew: Internet Will Enhance Communications

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I love the various studies that come out of the Pew’s Internet and America Life Project, probably underscoring once again that I’m a big geek.  This week’s report on The Future of Social Relations was very interesting.  In the overview of the study, the authors stated:

Most of people who participated in the survey were effusive in their praise of the social connectivity already being leveraged globally online. They said humans’ use of the internet’s capabilities for communication – for creating, cultivating, and continuing social relationships – is undeniable. Many enthusiastically cited their personal experiences as examples, and several noted that they had met their spouse through internet-borne interaction.

They asked respondents to agree or disagree with statements such as:

“In 2020, when I look at the big picture and consider my personal friendships, marriage and other relationships, I see that the internet has mostly been a positive force on my social world. And this will only grow more true in the future.”

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In trying to project forward ten years, I’m wondering how I would respond to that statement.  By that point, I’ll likely be an “empty nester” and could even potentially be a grandmother (CatholicGrandma.com anyone?).  Who knows what my little corner of the world will look like, and it’s hard to imagine that I could be any more wired than I am these days.  I will say that if I were to comment on the statement today, I would agree.  I look at the ways in which I use the Internet to communicate with family and friends and see many benefits.  I am also connected with countless friends around the world who bring me great joy and emotional support – I may never meet them in person, but their friendship feels like a real, tangible part of my life.

Will the Internet enhance or detract from communications in the future?  I guess the jury is still out, but in my book, the future looks bright.

Read the entire study here.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

3 Comments

  1. I agree with you that social networking is mostly a positive. I think there are a lot of negative possibilities, and so navigating them well and teaching those close to us how to do so (kids, mostly), is an important work.

    Interesting study! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lisa:

    I agree with your comments.
    I also think the following quote from you is very important to remember when leading our children in this on-line world. They will most likely mimic what we do on-line and how they see us using social media….
    “I look at the ways in which I use the Internet to communicate with family and friends and see many benefits.”

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Bo

  3. I cannot imagine how using the internet and social media will further change in another 10 years. For now, I agree with your comments, that it has been a mostly positive experience. I am curious to see where we travel next, but imagine it will be like anything else – It will become what we make of it. I love being connected to friends, family and so many others I’ve never actually met in person. It is an added blessing to my in person relationships. BTW, I love the idea of CatholicGrandma.com. You should grab it now.

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