, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 385-386
Date: 19 Oct 2010

From the editor

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I recently shared an automobile with five other passengers to travel to a meeting in a neighboring city. During the drive we had an opportunity to talk about a variety of subjects, one of which was Facebook. Of the six passengers in the car, two did not have a Facebook account, and the other four who did use the service did so only sparingly (so they said). Everyone agreed that youth spend too much time on Facebook, although our evidence was only anecdotal of course. We also talked about email, instant messaging and other Internet-based social networking services. One passenger, whom I will call Bob (not his real name), told an interesting, although I suspect not unusual, story that recently happened to him. Bob met an acquaintance who asked if he IMed (used instant messaging). Bob said that he had the capability to IM but didn’t do it often. The acquaintance asked when Bob would be online so that they could IM. Bob’s reply was that if the acquaintance wanted to talk, he could just cal ...