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Does network data really cons strings?

From: Jesper Harder
Subject: Does network data really cons strings?
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 22:41:25 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110002 (No Gnus v0.2) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

I was a bit surprised to see that network data (or any data received
from processes) conses Lisp strings.

Is it just a quirk of `memory-use-counts' or is it for real?  Why does
it need to cons Lisp strings if the data is only inserted in a buffer?

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