Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

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| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Personal Networks: Ties, Space, and the Internet

  • Vincent ChuaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_84-1




Information and communication technology


Personal communities refer to the ties belonging to a person (“ego”) – ties of kinship, friendship, ties with neighbors, coworkers, acquaintanceships, etc. There have been concerns that modern inventions such as the Internet and other digital media have produced a decline in the amount of offline, face-to-face interactions people have with one another. These concerns are largely unfounded however with studies corroborating the fact that online and offline relationships are seamlessly integrated with each other.


To discuss personal networks without considering the role of the Internet and other digital media is to ignore an essential component of contemporary social structure. Some believe communication technologies have isolated individuals from personal face-to-face communication (Sigman 2009; Turkle 2011); others say they have enhanced it (Wellman 2001...


Mobile Phone Social Networking Site Network Member Digital Medium Internet Addiction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Section editors and affiliations

  • Talel Abdessalem
    • 1
  • Rokia Missaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.telecom-paristechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)GatineauCanada