Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks over Two Decades

  title={Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks over Two Decades},
  author={Miller McPherson and Lynn Smith-Lovin and Matthew E. Brashears},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={353 - 375}
Have the core discussion networks of Americans changed in the past two decades? In 1985, the General Social Survey (GSS) collected the first nationally representative data on the confidants with whom Americans discuss important matters. In the 2004 GSS the authors replicated those questions to assess social change in core network structures. Discussion networks are smaller in 2004 than in 1985. The number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled… Expand

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