Surprise! The Web Won’t Tear Us Apart
Posted on Jan 26, 2006
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Not long ago, the Internet was decried by dissidents of the online revolution as a threat to society, sure to split families, fracture friendships and turn users into computer crazed geeks.
That’s not how things are unfolding, according to a new survey published Wednesday which finds that far from driving people apart, new tools for email, online phone calls, webcams and instant messaging are bringing them closer.
Turning conventional wisdom on its head (see The Earth, flat; Bush, compassionate), a new study shows that Internet tools like e-mail, webcams and instant messaging actually bring people closer together. | story