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Avik Sarker

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Has the Internet aided your interactions with other people?

I'm just curious to see what others' opinions on how social media mediates communication, in whatever form. Has it helped you establish and/or maintain connections, or have they not been as fruitful as face-to-face interactions? From my personal experience, it has been useful in maintaining acquaintances, and my brother was actually able to sustain and grow an intimate relationship through Skype. What experiences have you had with social media as the mediator of conversation; have they been beneficial? What improvements to current technology would make it more open to beneficial, substantive conversation?

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    Mar 11 2013: There are some loved ones with whom I find it is convenient to communicate in part online, but I think telephone and face to face are superior ways of maintaining intimate, heartfelt connection. I don't use Facebook or Twitter and I don't feel the visual aspect of Skype is better than simply using the phone, though I can see it would make a different for someone trying to interact with growing grandchildren, for example, from a distance.
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      Mar 11 2013: Thanks for your comment! I think its interesting how you say Skype doesn't seem better than the phone or face to face conversation; maybe better conversation through technology has something to do with whether the voice is involved.
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        Mar 11 2013: Avik, the value of Skype could be different for a young person than for an older one. Just as people who grew up savoring radio may feel less deprived to hear only voice than someone who grew up with television, those who grew up with without Skype but with phone might be just as happy to fill in the visual picture in imagination, which someone used to Skype might miss seeing the face on screen with the voice.

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