Internet serves as 'social glue'
In the past, it has been suggested that the internet and e-mail could diminish real relationships.
But the report, entitled The Strength of Internet Ties, found that e-mail supplements rather than replaces offline communications.
"The larger, the more far-flung, and the more diverse a person's network, the more important e-mail is," said Jeffrey Boase, one of the report's authors.
...Co-author of the report, he identifies what he terms as the rise of networked individualism - where users of modern technology are less tied to local groups and increasingly part of more geographically scattered networks.
The complete report is here