Is social networking bringing us together, or are we reproducing various social divisions online?
From the New York Times:
Ms. Hargittai hasn’t published the full findings of her February-April 2009 survey of 1,115 students yet, but a table of data on her blog paints the picture. Hispanics are still the most likely to use MySpace (58 percent). Whites and blacks have diverged, with 30 percent of whites and 51 percent of blacks using it. And Asians, already the group least likely to be on MySpace, grew much scarcer (16 percent). Students from less educated families were still more likely to use MySpace, while those from more educated families were more likely to use Facebook.
So is this white flight? Yes, but it’s not quite so simple, she says. Everyone is fleeing MySpace, and whites and Asians are fleeing in larger numbers.
Read more from Riva Richmond at the New York Times.
Thanks to Katherine Johnson for sharing this piece with us.