How Internet affects social life in the US

It has often been said and repeated that e-mail or web communication might diminish "real" social intercourse rather than enriching it. On 26 January BBC News presented a survey by the US-based Pew Internet think-tank which might present a new aspect for this discussion. Here's an interesting extract of BBC's online article:

The reliance and accessibility of the web is creating a new social phenomenon according to sociologist Barry Wellman. 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. "This creates a new basis for community. Rather than relying on a single community for social support, individuals often actively seek out a variety of appropriate people and resources for different situations," he said.

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