But a report indicates Americans aren't as isolated as one might assume in their activities on cellphones and social networks. The extent of social isolation hasn't changed since 1985.
The Pew Internet Personal Networks and Community survey says Americans have a narrower field of discussion overall, but those in social networks or on cellphones actually have expanded their base of contacts.
Cellphones and social media have enhanced engagement.
Nor do these technologies pull people away from communities or participation in civic activities.