My social networks professor Keith Hampton was qutoed today dissing the current lot of Internet studies. He thinks that studies showing that Internet use causes people to be lonely and disconnected (e.g. the Pew Internet Study, Nie et al. and Kraut et al.) are “all garbage.”
I couldn’t agree more. Just look at their methodologies, and you’ll find holes bigger than the grand canyon. No make that the Marianas Trench. Anyway, let’s just say they won’t stand the test of time.