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This article sketches our to answer to the question of the Internet's social consequences in three domains of human communication endeavors: access to Internet technology, involvement with groups and communities through the Internet, and use of the Internet for social interaction and expression. We believe we have the earliest comparative national survey data on the social consequences of the Internet. Having a nationally representative quantitative snapshot of the Americans' use (and non-use) of the Internet has shed new light on important questions. By starting our analysis with data from 1995, we have been able to create an evolving picture of the situation.

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