Oiling the wheels of life

‘The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts who responded to a survey about the future of the internet. They say this is because email, social networks, and other online tools offer ‘low-friction’ opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives. The internet lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together.’

Pew Internet Report 2010

Internet and relationships

Some might argue that making communication easier and lowering constraints equates to lower value relationships, but my experience at least is that through the social web the world has become a smaller place, and friendships are more accessible.