[Air-l] Americans and social isolation

Denise M Carter denisecarter at denisecarter.net
Fri Jun 23 22:57:19 PDT 2006

I agree Deanya,
My own work suggests that sociability and connection are the main reasons
for people living in virtual communities.

Dr Denise Maia Carter,
Research Fellow,
Cyberspace Research Unit
University of Central Lancashire
Maudland Building
Preston, PR1  2HE

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The article is being published in the new American Sociological Review.
  Both JSTOR and IngentaConnect carry ASR.

I'm fairly convinced that the internet is a response to a felt need for
connection that has been lacking since the 1970s "get an education and
leave home to get a job far away from anyone and everything you've ever
known" commuter mentality that I hope has reached its apex.

The internet, in my mind, is a way to reconnect, after years of many of
us not even knowing our neighbors' names.


On Friday, June 23, 2006, at 10:11 PM, Mark Bell wrote:

> interesting study....sort of. I doubt it even mentions online social
> relationships or concurrent online/rl relationships. It almost sounds
> to me
> to be from some pro-nuclear family agenda (he golden days in the 50's
> hen we
> had the Murphy's over to play cards and we actually talked). For
> instanced
> how many of you would i be contacting in the 80's? I feel more
> connected
> than ever to people. But then I'm a nerd =)
> Anyone have a copy of the real study?
> On 6/23/06, Richard Forno <rforno at infowarrior.org> wrote:
>> It would be interesting to see how this fits into the whole "being
>> alone
>> together" argument within a technology context....for example,
>> someone who
>> doesn't want to be around people but who socializes happily in a
>> environment or spends hours upon hours on AIM or IRC.

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