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260 Why “informal socializing” helps civic engagement

Posted on June 10th, 2014

Some people are surprised to see “informal socializing” as a path to social engagement. But our research shows that 7 in 10 people participate at least monthly in a small informal or recreational social setting – giving them, as Robert Putnam suggests, opportunities to discuss civic and political events. This study was completed before Facebook existed, and Facebook has more than proved a human desire for informal socializing.

Related links:

Final report of the Illinois Civic Engagement Project
Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam
A criticism of Bowling Alone’s findings (PDF)