Pew Study Looks at the "Social Side" of the Internet

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This morning on the Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick I had the pleasure of discussing the latest Pew study: The Social Side of the Internet.  The study gives a fascinating look at how Internet users, and in particular those active on social networking sites, are more likely to be involved in volunteer efforts and in service groups. By looking at the report, Church leaders and those active in community service initiatives can obtain a great perspective on how to use these tools to gain more active participation by community members.  I have seen this type of success story firsthand with my own hometown of Fresno’s involvement with Walmart’s recent “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign.  My local community banded together to raise funds for our Community Food Bank via social networking and creative media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter.  Although we placed second in the competition, the heightened awareness about our community’s need and those working to fight hunger locally leaves our community a winner in the end.

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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.

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