About the Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care, and civic/political life. The Project is nonpartisan and takes no position on policy issues. Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Project’s web site: http://www.pewinternet.org
About NetLab: NetLab is a research network at the University of Toronto that studies the intersection of computer, communication and communication networks. Its website is: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman. At NetLab, Tracy Kennedy is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation examines how Canadian households use ICTs to communicate with one another and organize their busy lives. She is also a research consultant in virtual and physical worlds, and teaches at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Barry Wellman is the S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto where he directs NetLab. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, Wellman is the (co-)author of more than 200 articles and the (co-)editor of three books.
About Princeton Survey Research Associates International: PSRAI conducted the survey that is covered in this report. It is an independent research company specializing in social and policy work. The firm designs, conducts, and analyzes surveys worldwide. Its expertise also includes qualitative research and content analysis. With offices in Princeton, NJ, and Washington, DC, PSRA serves the needs of clients around the nation and the world. The firm can be reached at 911 Commons Way, Princeton, NJ 08540, by telephone at 609-924-9204, by fax at 609-924-7499, or by email at ResearchDC@PSRA.com.