Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age / Edition 1

Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age / Edition 1

by Mary Chayko
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791454347

ISBN-13: 9780791454343

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

How do we become connected to people we have never met in person? From celebrities to faraway relatives, from favorite writers to thinkers to people we meet on-line, we form a host of subtle, invisible, but very real social connections with distant others. In Connecting, Mary Chayko investigates how physically separated people manage to create a sense of connectedness…  See more details below

Overview

How do we become connected to people we have never met in person? From celebrities to faraway relatives, from favorite writers to thinkers to people we meet on-line, we form a host of subtle, invisible, but very real social connections with distant others. In Connecting, Mary Chayko investigates how physically separated people manage to create a sense of connectedness—a “meeting of the minds”—and feel undeniably, if unexpectedly, bonded. Through dozens of personal accounts, the book considers the social “fallout” of connecting with absent others—the benefits and hazards—on our societies, communities, relationships, and individual selves. The result is a comprehensive yet intimate look at social bonding as it is rarely recorded: an examination of the bonds and communities we form across great distances, and even across time, in the age of the Internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454343
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Meeting of the Minds1
2From Cave Paintings to Chat Rooms: The Sociomental Foundation of Connectedness7
3Making the Connection . . . Across Time, Space, and Cyberspace39
4Till Death Do We Disconnect? Keeping Connections Alive79
5How Real Does It Get? Properties of Sociomental Bonds101
6The Social "Fallout" of Connecting at a Distance127
App. 1Investigating the Sociomental: The Face-to-Face Interview Methodology163
App. 2Cyberspace Connecting: The Online Survey: Methodology181
Notes187
References201
Index229

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