The New York Times reports on a study about the internet and socializing. Guess what? The more time you spend online, the less face-to-face contact you have!
Um, so what? The tone of the piece suggests this is a bad thing. You get statements like: “According to the study, an hour of time spent using the Internet reduces face-to-face contact with friends, co-workers and family by 23.5 minutes, lowers the amount of time spent watching television by 10 minutes and shortens sleep by 8.5 minutes.”
Um. Okay. Could you distinguish between friends, coworkers, and family for me? Because I purposefully *use* the internet to have less face-to-face time with coworkers. It’s called telecommuting. It allows me to have more control over other parts of my life. Like socializing. With friends. And family.
Without reading the original research (it’s not yet published online), I can only assume the Times reporter, John Markoff, isn’t a very deep thinker, if he can’t distinguish between types of face-to-face interaction.