A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows that Facebook users are more trusting have more close friends, get more support from those friends, and are more politically engaged than people who do not use the social network.
The survey of 2,255 adults, being released today, shows Facebook users who access the site many times a day are 43 percent more likely than other Internet users and more than three times as likely as non-Internet users to feel that most people can be trusted.
"Across the board we see there is no negative effect" from social media use, said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project. "In fact, there are a host of positive outcomes that challenged some of the worst suspicions that people have about the impact of social network sites."
Facebook dominates social networking sites in the Pew survey: 92% of users are on Facebook, 29% use MySpace, 18% use LinkedIn and 13% use Twitter.
On an average day, 15% of Facebook users update their own status; 22% comment on a friend’s post or status, 20% comment on a friend’s photos, 26% "like" a friend’s content, and 10% send another friend a private message.