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Are You a Hermit?

A recent study claims the Internet robs people of personal interactions. Our columnist begs to differ.

This story appears in the May 2000 issue of

Listen up, because you're about to get hit with some really bad news: The Net is turning you into a recluse, a hermit, maybe even worse. Skeptical? Don't take my word for it. That diagnosis comes from Norman Nie, a professor at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society.

Says Nie, "The more hours people use the Internet, the less time they spend with real human beings. The Internet could be the ultimate isolating technology that further reduces our participation in communities."

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