BBC: My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft. “Robert and Trude mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated life for their disabled son. But when Mats died, they discovered that people all over Europe lit candles in his memory.” Before you read this make sure you have some tissues handy.
Phys .org: How rants on social media can come back to haunt you. “We all know that those angry rants on social media can come back to hurt you—and sooner than you think. ‘Good,’ positive chat resonates for a few seconds, generally, but negative chat, even in a chat room where exchanges happen more immediately than on Facebook or Twitter, persists for many minutes, new UC Davis research suggests.”
On Academia.edu: Liquid Love, Facebook and Friendship: a case study. “According to Bauman’s Liquid Love (2003), the advance in virtual proximity makes human connections frequent and shallower and simultaneously intense and shorter. It makes us wonder if ‘friendships’ on social networks are for ‘the good, the pleasant or useful’ (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII ).The aim of this study is to investigate three different types of relationships between young Internet users; exclusive Facebook friend, recently added Facebook friend and exclusive face-to-face friend with regard to social attraction,self-disclosure, predictability, trust, gender, length of relationship, self-esteem and sociability.” You have to wade through a really long TOC and acknowledgements, but keep going and you’ll get to the paper.