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

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Those of us who study social networks believe they matter — that things do spread along social networks," says Claude Fischer, a sociology professor at the University of California-Berkeley. And studies are finding that despite dire predictions from naysayers who warned that spending too much time online would be damaging to real-life relationships, the opposite appears to be true. Most of the studies that have been done have been biased from the start," he says.