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Seminar Series: Some New Social Trends for a New Century - Part 1

John P. Robinson, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
When Apr 02, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

The new century has seen some new trends in attitudes and behavior, particularly in relation to how people spend time. Main focus in this presentation is on trends in subjective time, that is in feelings of being rushed, never having time to complete activities and feeling tired after a day at work. These are contrasted with ATUS and earlier trends on the amount of free time and sleep time people report in time diaries, and with four-decade GSS trends in happiness and subjective well-being. In addition, longer-term trends in volunteer behavior are examined in contrast to those reported in Putnam’s Bowling Alone and in earlier analyses of ATUS data. Outlines of other ATUS and GSS social trends may also be presented.

John Robinson

About the Speaker

John P. Robinson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Americans' Use of Time Project as well as Director of the the Internet Scholars Program. He is primarily interested in the study of time and is co-author of several books dealing with the use of time and the quality of life, including Time for Life (with G. Godbey, Penn State Press, 1999), The Rhythm of Everyday Life: How Soviet and American Citizens Use Time (Westview, 1988) and How Americans Use Time (Praeger, 1977). Professor Robinson has also published widely on the social implications of the Internet, and was a contributor on the seminal ARS piece dealing with the study of the Internet (DiMaggio, Hargittai, Neuman, and Robinson, 2001, “Social Implication of the Internet” ARS). This work, undertaken under the auspices of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, has also led to the creation of a website,, which contains a wide variety of internet-related data as well as an online statistical tool for analysis of the data (the award winning SDA program created at UC Berkeley). Professor Robinson also co-founded, along with Stanford Professor Norman Nie, a journal, jointly published with the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, entitled IT and Society (, which publishes up-to date Internet research. In addition, over the past three years Professor Robinson has conducted an annual summer Webshop, where 40-50 top graduate students are brought into College Park and given the opportunity to interact with leading Internet scholars and researchers.


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