The Pew Internet & American Life Project has come up with another study.
They have found that people who are social on the Internet (email, blogs, etc) extend those relationships to the offline world. This is from MediaPost’s blurb on the study.
The report’s major conclusion is that the heaviest e-mail users are
more likely to also meet with friends and acquaintances in person–or
talk to them on the telephone–than are those who don’t use e-mail as
often. Horrigan said that this finding held true for all age groups,
not just the young adults who increasingly turn to specific social
networking sites such as MySpace.
That’s not surprising to me at all. The Internet is the most amazing social networking tool ever invented and of course its additive to our daily lives.