The neighbors prefer to interact face to face on coomunicating on Facebook

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Facebook may have connected more than a friend, but his role in the strengthen neighborhood bonds may be limited as face to face communication remains the norm among neighbors, new research suggests. People do not feel comfortable with neighbors to see the details of his private life on Facebook, the study found. “We found that there is a mismatch between what Facebook offers and how people think neighbors should communicate,” said Bonnie Johnson, a researcher and associate professor of urban planning at the University of Kansas in the US . the researchers conducted a case study to see whether social media could revive a struggling neighborhood association. The team studied one Lawrence neighborhood with over 500 homes that had a neighborhood association since early 1970. Over 10 years, active members of the association had fallen from more than 100 to less than 10. (See: is bad for our mental health and well-being Facebook)

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hoping to rebuild the neighborhood participation, the neighborhood association launched Facebook and Twitter and email, which are advertised on the whole neighborhood. The results showed likes of Facebook five three Twitter followers and two new email addresses. To find out why there was little interest in joining a social network of neighborhoods, researchers sent surveys to more than 500 homes. Of those studies, 37 percent were returned. Respondents indicated that they were not comfortable with neighbors who see the details of his private life on Facebook. They also questioned the need for the media when face to face communication is the norm among neighbors. The research was published in Journal of Urban Technology and the Journal of Planning, Research and Practice . (Read: ‘Facebook encourages overeating, spending’ )

Source: IANS

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