The Pew Internet and American Life Project have released a study indicating that people who use social networks, cellphones, and IM tend to have a larger social circle than non-users.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project have released a study indicating that people who use social networks, cellphones, and IM tend to have a 9-12% larger social circle than non-users. These same users, however, are less likely to know their neighbors, but at the same time are more likely to frequent cafes, parks and volunteer for local causes.

The study also debunked a previous assumption that the number of Americans who felt isolated because of the technology and the Internet had tripled. Results showed no significant change over the past 25 years.

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