Friday, June 23, 2006

Social Isolation

According to the Washington Post article I just read, social isolation increases with distance travelled in daily commuting.

"...every 10-minute increase in commutes makes it 10 percent less likely that people will establish and maintain close social ties."

Hmm... I travel between 1:30 and 2 hours everyday, depending on traffic. I could be MINUS 20% 'likely to establish and maintain close social ties.' Does that mean I'm losing 20% of my 'close social ties'?

The article, which is about a study being released today by the National Science Foundation, and published in the American Sociological Review, also points out that, while our close social ties are decreasing, our not-so-close ties are increasing. So, while people don't have many close friends, they have more ties. lol.

3 Comments:

Anonymous sw said...

Maybe it has something to do with the following:

1) Nicholson grin.
2) Duct tape.
3) Various sharp objects.
4) Screaming.
5) Garbage bags.
6) Shovels.

Hmm... and to think Southern Homes & Gardens wants to know why your yard is so lush!

It's in the sauce.

=)

11:09 AM  
Anonymous sw said...

Dang. That should have read, "The secret is in the sauce."

*begins banging head on keyboard*

11:10 AM  
Blogger Tonewah said...

Yes, it's true. I can never really say I'm 'alone'. I always have someone 'hanging around'.

12:44 PM  

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