November 4, 2009

Social Isolation and New Technology

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to John Horrigan (Pew), Barry Wellman (University of Toronto), and Evans Witt (Princeton Survey Research Associates International), who assisted in the design and administration of the project survey. We would also like to acknowledge the technical assistance of Chul-Joo Lee (The Ohio State University) and the support of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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. The Pew Internet Project 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. More information is available at www.pewinternet.org

Keith N. Hampton is an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Calgary. His research interests focus on the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, and the urban environment. He is past-Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Communication and Information Technologies (CITASA). At the University of Pennsylvania, he offers courses in social network analysis and in new media. More information on his research can be found at www.mysocialnetwork.net. He can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mysocnet

Lauren F. Sessions is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She received an M.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University. Her current research interests include information and communication technologies and social networks. Before starting her graduate studies Lauren worked in technology research and consulting at Forrester Research.

Eun Ja Her is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.A. and B.A. in Communication from Seoul National University. Her current research interests focus on changes in social network and interpersonal communication as a result of new information and communication technologies.