Friday, July 2, 2010

The Future of Social Relations: Pew Internet and American Life Project Future of the Internet Survey Results

Imagining the Internet

Pew Internet and American Life Project has been studying all thing related to the internet for a long time. One of the most recent studies looks at how the internet has impacted social relationships and how it might impact social relationships in the future.  Below is a link to the survey results, and an excerpt from the report:

The Future of Social Relations

"While they acknowledge that use of the internet as a tool for communications can yield both positive and negative effects, a significant majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the fourth Future of the Internet survey say it improves social relations and will continue to do so through 2020" 

"The highly engaged, diverse set of respondents to an online, opt-in survey included 895 technology stakeholders and critics. The study was fielded by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center."


Elon University's Imagining the Internet: A History and a Forecast website has a wealth of information about internet history and predictions.  An interesting place to start is the "Early '90's Predictions" section, which includes a link to the 90's database search. The Visionaries Multimedia section includes video of various conferences, forums, and events such as FutureWeb and WWW2010, held in Raleigh, NC. during April of 2010.  For teachers, parents, and kids, there is a KidZone resource section.

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