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Previous | Next by ben 17 April, 2003 - 6:04 PM

pardon the capitalization, i wrote this in word:



I’ve been doing my research at long last (only a few months late, I know) about how online, instant communication has affected personal relationships (and soon I'll go into business ones).

At first, as is my wont, i found mostly journalistic or personal articles, such as this one on Slashdot which was reproduced here on kuro5hin as an April fool's joke. That is by an ex /. writer named Jon Katz whom my friend Vergil did an interview of. Very engaging, especially the comments on the article from both sites.

Then I bore down and got myself into the serious work. The article is based upon a book by Robert Putnam called Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. the book revolves around social capital, which "refers to the collective value of all 'social networks' [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other ['norms of reciprocity']." Great term to use in my paper, no?

I was growing afraid though that i wouldn't have a lot of PSDs (primary source documents, not Photoshop) to reference or dare i hope copy from (snicker snicker) in my paper. Finally, I hit pay dirt with the articles from the first of 3 issues from Stanford's site called IT & Society.. These abstracts alone led me to some great articles to plagia-err... I mean reference.

My situation now is left to the interviewing process. I can only hope that I am sufficiently able to ask objective questions. However, as I now have the time, and the resources to do my own poll, I will be writing one. Please, any of you who have gotten this far, please use it when i post it. in the mean time, what I’m looking for are answers to the following questions:

1) How long have you been using the internet (total, not just today, jerky), and for what purposes to you most often use it? (possible answers can include: business, personal communication, looking for porn, or to look busy while not actually working and 6 years or so)

2) Would you say that your use of the internet has positively or negatively impacted your well-being? (sash, this may relate to you, as one of the articles asserts that "Using the Internet generally predicted better outcomes for extraverts and those with more social support -- but worse outcomes for introverts and those with less support."

3) For those of you that use any type of instant/text based electronic communication (e.g. AIM, MSN, Yahoo, IRC, ICQ, email, commenting/posting on this site), what is your primary goal or purpose for doing so. That is, what do you usually hope to get out of it when you put something in?

Sooooooo much more, but of course, this has now become, i think, the single longest post I’ve had here...




4/18/2003 >> pyrex

Drunk. Wheeeeee


2/11/2004 >> muhgcee

1) How long have you been using the internet (total, not just today, jerky), and for what purposes to you most often use it? (possible answers can include: business, personal communication, looking for porn, or to look busy while not actually working and 6 years or so)

I would guess around 8 years. And I use it for communication, work, research, and fun.

2) Would you say that your use of the internet has positively or negatively impacted your well-being? (sash, this may relate to you, as one of the articles asserts that "Using the Internet generally predicted better outcomes for extraverts and those with more social support -- but worse outcomes for introverts and those with less support."

Positively affects my well-being. Although sometimes it leads to procrastination - I will be trying to do some homework and I will think "Hmm maybe this site has something on it that it didn't 5 minutes ago. I'd better check it again."

3) For those of you that use any type of instant/text based electronic communication (e.g. AIM, MSN, Yahoo, IRC, ICQ, email, commenting/posting on this site), what is your primary goal or purpose for doing so. That is, what do you usually hope to get out of it when you put something in?

Intellectual stimulation, usually through sites like this. And for messaging purposes I like talking to my friends online.




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