[Air-L] How many Friends online = one offline?

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Sun Oct 16 16:06:01 PDT 2011

Academic riend asks "how many internet friends = one f2f friend". He's 
getting grief f2f and naches with his internet relationships.

Reliable answers, anyone? Either ethnographic, quant.

I told him that it is hard to disentangle becuase most online 
relationships are also in-person.

But like many of us, he is involved in organizing conferences etc online 
with people he rarely sees.

  Barry Wellman

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