The effects of new communication technology on social relationships

If you didn't know already, The New Scientist magazine produces a weekly podcast on a variety of science-related subjects.

This week the main subject of their podcast is new forms of communication technology and how it may be changing the social relationships between today's youth.

A summary of the podcast - The young and the wireless - is as follows:

" Sociologist asks the tough questions about the impact of instant messaging and wireless communications on the politics and preoccupations of youth culture."

The main argument put forward in the podcast is that blogging, Instant Messenger, MySpace, etc. represents a qualitative change in how we interact with our peers.

Whilst many "grown-ups" make use of this kind of technology, the research would be of most use to those have to deal with a generation who have grown-up communicating in such a fashion.

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