Latest News Social Media Benefits and Casting Votes for Favorites on VisionMonday.com By Staff Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There’s no question that the emergence of social network sites has transformed personal and professional communications. Insights into popular sites like Facebook and Twitter, can be analyzed by age group, where people live and income level, as well as other “social” information. In an extensive report, The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s study on Social Networking Sites and Our Lives delves into the impact of these sites on people of all groups. In this week’s installment of CLICK, researchers reveal whether these technologies isolate people or if there are benefits to being “connected” to others? Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are once again hosting the annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. We’d like your opinion in identifying your favorites in eight distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment and supplies, diagnostic equipment, practice management software and online ordering website. Selected companies will be chosen based on both brand and company choices supplied by readers. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to cast your vote, which entitles you to a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card.