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    http://www.newscientisttech.com/channel ... 125691.400

    Saw this whlie looking up another artical for a friend. Thought some people here might find it interesting.

    For millions of people, especially among the under-25s, online culture is becoming the only culture that matters. Take the plunge, and the world becomes one massive network in which users band together to share just about everything. Chatrooms and newsgroups have evolved into social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook. Whatever your interest, from biology to extreme sports, there's a website where you can share your thoughts with the like-minded.

    But what is the culture really about? Where will it end up? Too early to say, perhaps, but one thing we do know is that taking part means being prepared to behave in some very different ways. Online networking means revealing things about yourself for all the world to see. Your friends may appreciate it, but what about college admissions tutors or future employers? And what is being permanently connected going to do to us? Are we seeing the emergence of a hive mind? Or is it just a new way of maximising your individuality?

    Welcome to New Scientist's guide to the social networking revolution, in six features:

    This is your space – Discover how social networking evolved, how it works and how it is already revolutionising the way we live, socialise and work

    I'll have to ask my friends – Instant messaging, Wi-Fi and cellphones allow us to be constantly plugged into our social networks. Sociologist Sherry Turkle worries this is transforming human psychology

    The end of privacy? – You wouldn't tell a stranger on the bus about your sexual habits, so why do people reveal this stuff on websites available to everyone? Will their openness return to haunt them?

    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Google – A short story by Bruce Sterling

    The internet could be so much better – Social networking websites like MySpace or YouTube owe everything to the genius of Ted Nelson, who invented hypertext in the 1960s

    Give it a try – Feeling left out of the social networking revolution? There are many ways you can get involved, so take a look

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    wrong forum

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    not really

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    General discussion, hi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spooky
    not really
    INCORRECT.

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    The end of privacy? – You wouldn't tell a stranger on the bus about your sexual habits, so why do people reveal this stuff on websites available to everyone? Will their openness return to haunt them?
    i know this has happened to me more than once when i revealed my preggy furry child porn addiction on my myspace... hoho silly internet!

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    I'll have to ask my friends – Instant messaging, Wi-Fi and cellphones allow us to be constantly plugged into our social networks. Sociologist Sherry Turkle worries this is transforming human psychology
    stopped there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senoska
    I'll have to ask my friends – Instant messaging, Wi-Fi and cellphones allow us to be constantly plugged into our social networks. Sociologist Sherry Turkle worries this is transforming human psychology
    stopped there.
    I thought that line was fairly silly as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Septimus
    Quote Originally Posted by senoska
    I'll have to ask my friends – Instant messaging, Wi-Fi and cellphones allow us to be constantly plugged into our social networks. Sociologist Sherry Turkle worries this is transforming human psychology
    stopped there.
    I thought that line was fairly silly as well.
    ok i dont get it, hows its funny that a sociologist worries that something like being connected to your peers on a 24/7 basis is shaping our psychological development. seeing how sociology is the study of society and social activities based around testable knowledge

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