The social role of the Internet

An interesting article emerged the other day about the affects of the Internet on social relationships. The article - Internet serves as 'social glue' (BBC News: Technology) - suggests the internet plays an important role in the life decisions of 60 million Americans.

In other words, it has been predicted that the rise of the Internet and e-mail would diminish the need and value of relationships. However, a compelling conclusion from the research mentioned in the article suggests something quite different.

In brief, the Internet (in which ever form it is used) "supplements rather than replaces offline communications."

The BBC article is based on the following downloadable report - The Strength of Internet Ties - Boase, J., Horrigan, J., Wellman, B. and Rainie, L. (Pew Internet & American Life Project).

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