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Social networks: Electronic networking

作者:郦谨枚    发布时间:2019-03-01 03:12:02    

By Robin Dunbar Read more: “ Instant Expert: Evolution of social networks“ With fast digital communication we are connected like never before. Cellphones and online social networking sites allow us to interact with far more people than our predecessors. As a result the rate of change of fashions and opinions is accelerating. Twitter can bring together very large crowds, very quickly, something that would have been unthinkable before the digital revolution. It has been hailed as the great tool of democracy, the force behind the Arab Spring – and the London riots. But to make new friends we still need to chat to someone in person. How much has really changed? Jokes are never as funny in an email as in real life. We don’t really understand why, but there is something about the immediacy of response in a face-to-face interaction that makes even feeble humour funnier. This may help explain some limitations of online networking media. In one study, my colleagues and I asked participants to record how satisfied they felt about every interaction they had with their five closest friends over a two week period. Face-to-face and Skype interactions scored significantly higher than those via other media including phone, SMS, texting and social networking sites (Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication,

 

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