Masthead CMC Magazine / February 1, 1996
  I'm Online, You're Online, by Steve Jones

Following the Path of Least Resistance

If we take a cyberneticist's point of view, one might say that humans follow the path of least resistance and opt to have their needs, including a need for social interaction, fulfilled by the easiest means possible. Thus, if one can do things via the Internet that once required human interaction, but now are easier (namely, home shopping, movie-viewing, pizza-ordering, etc.), human interaction will decrease.

But is this --dangerous?

[ []Monberg observes the loss of social interaction when people shift what were public activities into a private home. ]

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