Title page for ETD etd-05142002-153104


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Snook, Jason Spence
Author's Email Address jsnook@vt.edu
URN etd-05142002-153104
Title The Effect of Technology on Social Interaction in Local Community Organizations
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rosson, Mary Beth Committee Chair
Carroll, John M. Committee Member
Kavanaugh, Andrea L. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Community Networks
  • Community
  • Social Impact
  • Social Capital
  • Social Interaction
  • Network Communities
  • Internet
Date of Defense 2002-05-10
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
With each new innovation in technology since at least the Industrial Revolution, and probably before, optimists and pessimists have squared off in a cyclic debate over the impact of the day’s newest technology. Self-proclaimed futurists for centuries have attempted to foretell the impact of technology on society with varied success. The goal of this research project is to study the effect of computer network technology on the social interactions of the local community organizations in Blacksburg, VA. Online surveys filled out by the leaders and members of these organizations measure different aspects of each organization and the use and usage of Internet technology within that organization. Correlations between the two may help us identify ways technology has affected the way we communicate with one another. Are community organizations communicating more or less? If so, how? Has face-to-face interaction been forsaken in lieu of technology such as email? The effects found in the survey results should give way to meaningful discourse on how technology can best be used to aid social interaction in local organizations.
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