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

Peter Timusk ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Mon Oct 17 02:46:56 PDT 2011

Just answering for myself there is no relationship. Facebook I try to limit
to "people I know" meaning I know you face to face. F2f = Online minus some
who are not online. E-mail list friends in health support really if they
send friendly e-mails they are online friends(?). This does not seem to be
quantifiable other than by some time limit based on my time behind my home

Peter Timusk B.Math statistics. BA legal studies
Legal studies of the Information Age
Vice President Computers for Communites
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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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