Did distance matter before the Internet?: Interpersonal contact and support in the 1970s

@article{Mok2007DidDM,
  title={Did distance matter before the Internet?: Interpersonal contact and support in the 1970s},
  author={Diana Mok and Barry Wellman and Ranu Basu},
  journal={Social Networks},
  year={2007},
  volume={29},
  pages={430-461}
}
Well before the coming of the Internet, strong ties with friends and relatives stretched well beyond the neighborhood: the traditional domain of community. Phones, cars and planes allowed people to have contact over substantial distances. But the mere fact that ties stretched over long distances does not tell us the extent to which distance mattered for contact and support in pre-Internet days. Although scholars have mused about this question, they have not provided empirical evidence. This… CONTINUE READING
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