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John P. Robinson, Alan Neustadtl & Meyer Kestnbaum

In: Society Online: The Internet in Context

Chapter 15: Technology and Tolerance: Public Opinion Differences among Internet Users and Nonusers

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Technology and Tolerance: Public Opinion Differences among Internet Users and Nonusers
Technology and tolerance: Public opinion differences among internet users and nonusers
John P.Robinson, University of Maryland
AlanNeustadtl, University of Maryland
MeyerKestnbaum, University of Maryland

Speculations about the impact of the internet often focus on social life, personal communication, and mass communication. Two widely publicized studies of early internet impact reported results consistent with the hypothesis of Kraut and colleagues (1998) and Nie and Erbring (2000) about declines in certain aspects of social life brought about by internet use. However, studies that have used a less ambitious set of questions and research designs have produced somewhat different results (Robinson, Barth, & Kohut, 1997; Robinson & Kestnbaum, 1999; Robinson, Kestnbaum, Neustadtl, & Alvarez, 2000). Based on 1995 Pew Internet and ...

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