Social networking is how everyone stays in touch these days. But as scientists start to study our newfound connectivity, some worry that we are heading for a massive friender-bender. SFI External Professor, network science expert, and professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University, Steven Strogatz says there is a growing confusion between our different friends. He states, “The distinction between genuine friends and acquaintances is becoming blurred. Users are spending time maintaining relationships with people they don’t really care about.” The high-speed connecting also affects the way we react to people in “real time.” Some people may feel that they are missing out if they aren’t Twittering as much as other friends. Strogatz warns, “it could also be a whole new source of unhappiness.”

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