Wiebke (wiebke) wrote,
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"Networked Individualism"

This report rings awfully true!

Internet serves as 'social glue'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4644666.stm

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.


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