A survey of people’s online communication habits reveals that college students use social-networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, primarily to keep up with their friends.
The Online Computer Library Center Inc., in Dublin, Ohio, recently released a report on the survey. The nonprofit library group joined with Harris Interactive to poll 6,100 people, including 511 college students, between December 7, 2006 and February 7, 2007.
Among their findings:
Eighty percent of college students favor a particular social-networking site because their friends use the same site.
One quarter of students said their personal information on the Internet is kept more private than it was two years ago. But another 22 percent said such data is less secure.
Only about 37 percent of students said it was important to them that items they borrowed from a library be kept private.
Only 13 percent of students said libraries should build social-networking sites.
Respondents lived in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, and the United States.—Andrea L. FosterReturn to Top