The article itself is interesting but no great…what’s the appropriate term there? It’s about a psychologist who wrote a “scientifically rigorous” self-help book. It’s more interesting that it sounds, though.
The Self-Help Psychologist Is In – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com
Q.What’s your take on the debate over the strength of social networking connections, and their ability to have a real impact on our lives?
A.The number of close friends hasn’t gone up over the years. I think what’s changed is the geography of those friends. You may have close friends who aren’t physically that close to you. It is the case that people have extended networks of more shallow networks, but I guess I find it more interesting in the dissemination of information, just how quickly information spreads among those sub-groups, and gets them to come to events, where so many people are meeting up face to face in ways they weren’t several years ago. So my hope would be groups would be getting together more, at some point, which leads to more interaction.