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Antoci, A., Sabatini, F., Sodini, M. (2013). Bowling alone but tweeting together: the evolution of human interaction in the social networking era. Quality & Quantity, Doi:10.1007/s11135-013-9863-z

The objective of this paper is to theoretically analyze how human interaction may evolve in a world characterized by the explosion of online networking and other Web-mediated ways of building and nurturing relationships. The analysis shows that online networking yields a storage mechanism through which any individual contribution—e.g. a blog post, a comment, or a photo—is stored within a particular network and ready for virtual access by each member who connects to the network. When someone provides feedback, for example by commenting on a note, or by replying to a message, the interaction is finalized. These interactions are asynchronous, i.e. they allow individuals to relate in different moments, whenever they have time to. When the social environment is poor of participation opportunities and/or the pressure on time increases (for example due to the need to increase the working time), the stock of information and ties stored in the Internet can help individuals to defend their sociability.


Antoci, Angelo

Angelo Antoci's articles from Ideas Antoci, Angelo & Galeotti, Marcello & Russu, Paolo, 2011. "Poverty trap and global indeterminacy in a growth model with open-access natural resources," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 146(2), pages 569-591, March. [...

Sabatini, Fabio

I am Researcher in Economics at the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University of Rome, where I currently teach Public Economics as Aggregate Professor at the Faculty of Economics. I previously held posts at the Departments of Economics of the Universities of Trento, Siena, Padua, and...

Sodini, Mauro

Mauro Sodini is Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the Dipartimento di Statistica e Matematica Applicata all'economia of the University of Pisa. He is member of the Faculty of Economics. His recent working papers include: Gori, Luca & Sodini, Mauro, 2011. "Nonlinear dynamics...

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