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

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SUNY Press, 2002/08/01 - 239 ページ
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.
 

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A Meeting of the Minds
1
From Cave Paintings to Chat Rooms The Sociomental Foundation of Connectedness
7
Making the Connection Across Time Space and Cyberspace
39
Till Death Do We Disconnect? Keeping Connections Alive
79
How Real Does It Get? Properties of Sociomental Bonds
101
The Social Fallout of Connecting at a Distance
127
Investigating the Sociomental The FacetoFace Interview Methodology
163
Cyberspace Connecting The Online Survey Methodology
181
Notes
187
References
201
Index
229
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Mary Chayko is Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology at the College of St. Elizabeth.

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