A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project examined the social impact of online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The study found that social media users, especially those on Facebook, are developing more trusting and closer relationships in these networks and are more politically engaged. I was interviewed by Bryan DeVasher, multimedia producer and social media specialist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who wrote a story on the study’s findings.
The following is an excerpt from Bryan DeVasher’s story “Facebook users more connected than others”:
That doesn’t surprise Marcus Messner, who teaches social media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“The Pew study shows that social networks like Facebook have become part of our daily routine and play a huge role in how we define and maintain our relationships,” he said. “When surveying my students at VCU, I found that 84 percent check their social media sites at least once per day. Hardly anyone today is not on one of the social networks.”
“Social media can also lead to an overflow of information through conversation that can become addictive and affect our productivity in our professional lives,” he said. “Employers are clearly worried about this as people engage constantly through their mobile devices. Finding the right balance between Facebooking and work is key.”