Social media websites such as Facebook make people more sociable, researchers say.

The findings contradict a widespread belief that online socializing is replacing in person contact as people shun the world beyond their computer screen.

"Our findings suggest that Facebook is not supplanting face-to-face interactions between friends, family and colleagues," said S. Craig Watkins, an associate professor of radio, TV and film at the University of Texas.

"In fact, we believe there is sufficient evidence that social media afford opportunities for new expressions of friendship, intimacy and community," Watkins said, according to Reuters.

The researchers surveyed 900 college students and recent graduates about how they use Facebook. More than 60% of Facebook users said posting status updates was among the most popular activities. Sixty percent said they wrote comments on their profile and 49% posted messages and comments to friends.

"Facebook brings all our different networks and social scenes together. We present ourselves in different ways, whether to friends, co-workers, or family," Watkins said.

Facebook has more than 500 million users worldwide.

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I disagree. In fact, the more I use the "social media" sites, the more I despise humanity in general.

December 06 2010 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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November 28 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The various (and ubiquitous) social media certainly have a role to play insofar as communications is concerned, but... improve my social life???...Not in the least! What I see and hear around me is primarily young people using these tools basically chat freely with friends, etc. I suppose many of them feel it's just as useful as face-to-face conversation serves a "social" purpose for them. All well and good. But I've seen "youngsters" at social gatherings huddled in corners yapping away via texting with their absent friends, etc. Why bother going to a party, etc. if you're not gonna mix with other guests??? Strange, indeed.

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