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See you on Facebook: the effect of social networking on human interaction

By Angelo Antoci, Fabio Sabatini and Mauro Sodini


This paper proposes an evolutionary framework to explore the dynamics of social interaction in an environment characterized by online networking and increasing pressure on time. The model shows how time pressure encourages the choice to develop social interactions also through online networking instead of relying exclusively on face to face encounters. Our findings suggest that the joint influence exerted by the reduction in leisure time and the new opportunities of participation offered by web-mediated communication may progressively lead a growing share of the population to adopt networking sites as an indispensable environment for the development of interpersonal relationships.

Topics: O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes, Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification, D85 - Network Formation and Analysis: Theory, C73 - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games; Repeated Games
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s11135-013-9863-z
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