Does the Internet Increase, Decrease, or Supplement Social Capital?

@article{Wellman2001DoesTI,
  title={Does the Internet Increase, Decrease, or Supplement Social Capital?},
  author={Barry Wellman and Anabel Quan Haase and James C. Witte and Keith N. Hampton},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  year={2001},
  volume={45},
  pages={436 - 455}
}
How does the Internet affect social capital? Do the communication possibilities of the Internet increase, decrease, or supplement interpersonal contact, participation, and community commitment? This evidence comes from a 1998 survey of 39,211 visitors to the National Geographic Society Web site, one of the first large-scale Web surveys. The authors find that people's interaction online supplements their face-to-face and telephone communication without increasing or decreasing it. However, heavy… 

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