Last updated on: 4/27/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Pew Research Center Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“There has been a great deal of speculation about the impact of social networking site use on people’s social lives, and much of it has centered on the possibility that these sites are hurting users’ relationships and pushing them away from participating in the world… We’ve found the exact opposite – that people who use sites like Facebook actually have more close relationships and are more likely to be involved in civic and political activities.

Social networking sites have become increasingly important to people as they find ways to integrate check-ins and updates into the rhythms of their lives… People use them now to stay in touch with their best friends and distant acquaintances alike.”

“Social Networking Sites and Our Lives,” pewinternet.org, June 16, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions…

We originated in a research project created in 1990 called the Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press. In 2004, The Pew Charitable Trusts established the Pew Research Center as a subsidiary to house its information initiatives.”

“About Pew Research Center,” pewresearch.org (accessed Apr. 27, 2016)

Mission:

“We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making.

Our empirical research on a wide range of topics helps U.S. and international policymakers, civic leaders, educators and the public at large understand and address some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Our public opinion surveys allow the voice of the people to be heard, and our
de­mographic, economic and political analyses provide context to understand how the world is changing.

We are nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. Our mission is to inform, not to prescribe. We believe that better information can build a better world.”

“Our Mission,” pewresearch.org (accessed Apr. 27, 2016)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit
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Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?