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Interesting article in today's Washington Post about social fragmentation in present-day American society.

One line caught my eye:

They may have 600 friends on Facebook.com [a popular networking Web site] and e-mail 25 people a day, but they are not discussing matters that are personally important.

According to this survey, about 25% of all Americans have no one they can turn to in a moment of crisis, and the average number of truly close associates has dropped to two (from three in 1985 survey).

If this is a true picture of current society, it is a saddening outlook. Implicit in this article is the sense that people are replacing intense, high-confidence, relationships with a large number of superficial, low-intensity, contacts. As the quote above suggests, media such as this very blog are part of the latter type.

I wonder how true that characterization really is?