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Michael Marshall, MSc Biography

Writer and Online Editorial Assistant at New Scientist
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“Using the internet and social networking sites actually appears to reduce loneliness and improve well-being, as was reported as long ago as 2002 in the Journal of Social Issues. People who have difficulties with conventional socialising, such as those with Asperger’s syndrome, experience great benefits. As for social networking sites being a poor alternative to real-world socialising, surveys reported at a conference in 2006 indicate that Facebook users mostly use it to maintain relationships with people they meet offline.”

“Why Facebook Is Good for You,” New Scientist, Mar. 6, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Writer and Online Editorial Assistant, New Scientist, June 2007-present
  • President and News Editor, Bluesci (Cambridge University’s student science magazine), 2005-2007
  • Literature Curator, Sanger Institute, 2005-2007
  • MSc, Imperial College London, 2007
  • MPhil, Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, 2003
  • BA, Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, year unknown
  • Writing a novel in his spare time
  • Born in Swansea, South Wales in 1981
  • Blogger/webmaster of