Social Networks and Happiness

  • Brian J. Jones


Recognizing the importance of socializing for public welfare, Jones examines how Americans of different sex, race, and education levels engage with their social networks. Across the decades, American men have averaged more social evenings with friends than American women, and the reverse has been true for visiting with kin. While there is no significant difference between the races in friendship socializing, black Americans visit more with kin than do white Americans. College Americans spend many more social evenings with friends and neighbors than do non-college Americans, but non-college Americans have historically visited kin much more. Overall, Americans are spending more social evenings with friends and fewer with neighbors, while kin socializing dropped in the 1980s and rose to its highest recent level in the 2000s.


Friendship socializing Kin socializing Neighbor socializing Happiness 


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  • Brian J. Jones
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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