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January 23, 2011: International News From the Field

on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 20:45

23 January: A new national survey released last week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that 75% of all American adults are active in some kind of voluntary group or organization and Internet users are more likely than others to be active. “The Social Side of the Internet” reports that 80% of Internet users participate in groups, compared with 56% of non-Internet users. Moreover, social media users are even more likely to be active: 82% of social network users and 85% of Twitter users are group participants.

Breaking the stereotype of loner Web surfers, 80% of Web users surveyed volunteer, vs. 56% of those who don't go online, the report said. It said 85% of Twitter users are active volunteers. Of those respondents active in groups, 48% had a page on a social-networking site, while 30% had their own blog and 16% communicated with other group members via Twitter. Pew's research also found that Internet users are more active participants in their groups than other adults, and are more likely to feel pride and a sense of accomplishment about their group's activities.

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This has gotten a great deal of publicity in major and local media outlets, including CNN and NPR. Pew provides a list of media mentions on their site.

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