'Flocking' behavior lands on social networking sites - USATODAY.com

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

For example, when a friend starts exercising more, "I change my mind about how much I should be exercising or I share stories with my other friends who are influenced to do the same. The nature of the beast Among those concerned about the Internets effect on relationships are Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, and author of the 2005 book Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age.