Shocker: People Use The Internet And Devices To Communicate
from the what-will-they-think-of-next? dept
How many times does this type of study need to be done? Despite the fact that the internet has always been a communications medium rather than a broadcast one (someone should remind the content companies), there are still those who somehow think that it’s “isolating” and takes people away from communities. So, here’s yet another study that tries to make it somehow “surprising” that people online stay in touch with a “wider assortment” of people and (oh my!) sometimes it even “encourages people to talk by phone or meet others in person.” The first link includes a quote from a book author who is “surprised” by this finding because anecdotally he’s heard of “people getting absorbed by a device.” Beyond the fact that anecdotal evidence isn’t worth very much, getting absorbed by the device has nothing to do with it. They could be communicating with plenty of people via the device… which is why they’re so absorbed by it.