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.