Faux Friendship is an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by William Deresiewicz about the rise of false friendship in the age of Facebook.
Very long, and interesting.
A study found that one American in four reported having no close confidants, up from one in 10 in 1985. The figures date from 2004, and there's little doubt that Facebook and texting and all the rest of it have already exacerbated the situation. The more people we know, the lonelier we get.
I can't decide if I'm one of those 1/4 people or not. The other day I commented at a party that I did not regularly have one-hour conversations (say, weekly or monthly) with friends, and I wondered if this was normal or not.
(From I forget, sorry)