Internet serves as ‘social glue’

Internet serves as ‘social glue’

BBC News


_41252260_survey203bodyE-mail cements rather than replaces offline friendships The internet has played an important role in the life decisions of 60 million Americans, research shows. Whether it be career advice, helping people through an illness or finding a new house, 45% of Americans turn to the web for help, a survey by US-based Pew Internet think-tank has found.

It set out to find out whether the web and e-mail strengthen social ties.

The answer seems to be yes, especially in times of crisis when people use it to mobilise their social networks. ..
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